Burnley students back hunger battle

FUNDRAISERS: Blessed Trinity students raised �1,660 for Cafod
FUNDRAISERS: Blessed Trinity students raised �1,660 for Cafod

A Blessed Trinity Roman Catholic College teacher went jogging in fancy dress while another had tomatoes thrown at him to help to raise more than £1,660 to tackle global hunger.

The Ormerod Road School held a variety of fund-raising activities to mark CAFOD’s annual Harvest Fast Day appeal.

Staff and students participated in activities ranging from donning fancy dress to sponsored silences to support the work of the Catholic aid agency and raised £1,660.

Head of RE Rachel Keighley said: “It was wonderful to see pupils and teachers working together to raise money for CAFOD.

“During form time, pupils learned about how one-in-eight people go to bed hungry every night and how CAFOD works to fight hunger. They then came up with ideas to raise money.

“Lots of pupils sold cakes and sweets, whereas others took part in sponsored silences. Our teachers joined in too, with Mr MacMahon, one of our PE teachers, jogging around Queen’s Park in fancy dress while Mr Devlin, our Spanish teacher, allowed pupils to throw tomatoes at him in a small version of Spain’s tomato throwing festival.

“Pupils also gave something up on the Friday Fast Day and donated the money they would have otherwise spent.”

CAFOD’s Harvest Fast Day appeal aims to increase awareness of global hunger and raise funds to tackle its causes, ranging from food waste to a changing climate. This money can then finance projects which tackle the causes of hunger, including providing the tools or techniques for families to grow their own food.

Ged Edwards, CAFOD manager for Burnley, said: “We produce enough food every year yet 870 million people are going hungry because of food being wasted or more extreme weather making it harder to grow food in many countries.

“The money raised by Blessed Trinity College allows CAFOD to help families in places from Nicaragua in South America to Bangladesh in Asia to produce food and make a living.”