St George’s Visit CAFOD HQ in London

Following the success of their fundraising for CAFOD last year, students from St George’s Catholic VA College in Southampton were invited to the charity’s HQ in London on Tuesday 4 February.

The special visit was in recognition of the students using their entrepreneurial skills and energy to multiply an initial £10 stake from us to more than £500.

As part of their visit to CAFOD’s Romero House, the boys wrote a blog post for the Great Generation blog, the site for CAFOD’s young supporters, and filmed a video for CAFOD’s Great Generation Facebook page. They also had the chance to speak to CAFOD staff to learn more about how CAFOD supports those living in poverty and find out how the money they raised will help. They also enjoyed a tour of the building.

The three boys, who are all in Year 8, were very enthusiastic about their visit to London. I was at Romero House for their visit and I got to find out how they felt about it all.

One of the students said: “I’m excited to actually see where the money is going.”

Ruth Cunio, chaplain at St George’s, said: “We do a lot of fundraising for CAFOD and we hear a lot about CAFOD so it’s good to finally see it all.”

The students said that they had fun and that writing the blog post was their favourite part of the day.

One of the pupils said: “It was really good. A lot different to what I first thought it would be.”

You can read the fantastic blog post that they wrote here.

During Harvest, the students were given £10 and could choose to work as an individual or as part of a group to invest it with the aim of raising as much money as they could for CAFOD.

The pupils impressed staff, parents and their peers with the originality of their entrepreneurial ideas, and their dedication to raising funds to help impact the lives of families in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

The students who visited CAFOD’s Romero House were just three out of their class of 32 who all took part in the Harvest of Talents challenge. Through organising everything from cycle challenges to candyfloss and sweet stalls, the students raised a total of £563.65 for CAFOD.

Congratulations again to all the students who took part in the Harvest of Talents challenge! We’re still amazed by your achievements.

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