Pupils raise cash for disaster area

Pupils present a cheque to CAFOD representatives.
Pupils present a cheque to CAFOD representatives.

Students from Our Lady’s Catholic College in Lancaster have raised more than £2,500 for communities in the Philippines devastated by Typhoon Haiyan – the largest school donation for the Philippines in the Lancaster diocese.

They were responding to an urgent appeal by international charity CAFOD.

The children held a variety of fundraising events, including a hot dog day, cake sales and a non-uniform day for CAFOD’s Typhoon Haiyan Appeal.

“Our students are always anxious to help other people wherever they can and when they saw the scenes of terrible devastation they were immediately clamouring to be allowed to fund raise.” said head Brendan Conboy.

CAFOD’s officer for Lancaster, Patrick Gardner, said: “This is an amazing amount of money the college has raised and a real show of solidarity and compassion.

“CAFOD is overwhelmed at the efforts they made to raise this money and so grateful to all those who have contributed to the appeal, there’s been an exceptionalresponse throughout Lancashire.

“People’s livelihoods and communities have been devastated in the Philippines, and the churches there are playing a vital part in providing emergency relief and starting the rebuilding process. It’s extremely heart-warming to know local people want to help. Theirsupport is hugely appreciated.”