Guest blogger Kate Wilkinson is a primary school teacher based in Hertfordshire.
My class of year 3 and 4 pupils recently studied a topic called 'Making a Difference', a Geography-based unit looking at life in the developing world. The children were so enthused by what they had learnt that they asked me if they could start their own class charity to raise money to sponsor a child.
We looked at the work of ActionAid to find out more about child sponsorship before pupils split into teams to organise different fundraising events. They planned to sponsor one child in Kenya and give the remaining money to Sports Relief so set themselves a fundraising target of £500.
We are a very small school with less than 100 pupils so I was a little unsure as to whether we would actually raise £500. The children had no such concerns and, having decided to call their fundraising efforts ‘Graveley Quick-Aid’, they:
- held a raffle
- created their own African Art and took photographs which they sold at their own art show
- organised a whole school fun run
I was very impressed by the children's enthusiasm and efforts, especially given that they are only 7, 8 and 9. Having been inspired by ActionAid’s work to try their hands at fundraising, my class needed very little input from me when organising their events and when we finally counted up the money raised, the children had made a grand total of £1635.94p!
The children have worked out that they can now sponsor six children through ActionAid and give £500 to Sports Relief.