The fantastic pupils at Corpus Christi Catholic Primary School in Boscombe, Bournemouth are once again giving up something this week to raise money and transform the lives of some of the world’s poorest people.This week, children have been learning all about Fairtrade and getting sponsorship to give up some of their favourite brands to buy a fairly traded equivalent. They are also giving up sweets (and eating something healthy instead), and computer games and television (to save electricity and reduce their carbon footprint). All to raise money for CAFOD’s Lent Fast Day on 18 March!!
RE Coordinator, Abby Crowsley said:
“This week we’ll be talking to the children about six year old Maria and her family living in Colombia on their coffee farm. We’ll see the difference their small business has made to their lives, now they have been supported by CAFOD to form a small co-operative and get a fairer price for their coffee beans. It’s important to put this into context so we’ve been talking about the importance of Fairtrade and asking the children to think about the difference this makes to communities living thousands of miles away.”
Yesterday Lynda ran the Banana Split role playing game with 4 classes. Groups of pupils were divided into banana growers, plantation owners, shippers, importers and shop workers and all had to decide how much of the cost of the banana they felt they deserved for all their hard work in the production chain. The little amount the banana growers actually receive in relation to the other parties was a shock to everyone and really emphasised how important Fairtrade is to thousands of farmers and workers all over the world.
We would like to say a huge thank you to all the teachers, pupils and parents at Corpus Christi for all their terrific support. Without your fabulous fundraising efforts, CAFOD wouldn’t be able to help communities overseas to start their own small businesses or provide food or clean water, or help children receive health care or an education. Thanks to you, this money continues to both save lives and change lives for the better.
To find out more about Give it Up! and find out how you could get involved, please visit www.cafod.org.uk/giveitup