Help for Haiti

<p style=”text-align: justify;”><img style=”float: right; margin-left: 10px;” src=”images/stories/people/DSC03738_Small.jpg” alt=”DSC03738_Small” width=”274″ height=”193″ />After spending a day watching shocking details of the devastation caused by the Haitian earthquake unfold, Christina Katsianis of U6N felt she had to do something. “I spoke to a lot of my friends and we all felt the same. It just needed somebody to organise something. The next day I set up a group on Facebook to invite other pupils to join me.” Just a week later a group of 30 pupils from the L4 to U6 set off on a 10K sponsored walk through central London in fancy dress. “I contacted Actionaid to tell them of our plan and they were incredible: they provided us with so many resources, collecting buckets, banners, even 40 red Actionaid ponchos to protect us from the rain which, thankfully, we didn’t need. Actionaid contacted Westminster Council for us so that we had clearance to walk a circular route from Westminster, along the Thames to Tower Hill and back.” Every one of the walkers made an effort to turn up in brightly coloured fancy dress;  Christina said, “This really added to the fun and attracted people to our group. Along the route we collected over £400 in donations.” Special mention must go to Tessa Reguerio who raised £750 in sponsorship. In total, the group have raised over £3,000 and they are still counting the money.</p> <p style=”text-align: justify;”>Christina isn’t the only member of the Bancroft’s community who felt the need to respond to the disaster in Haiti. Prep School children swopped their uniform for “civvies” for a day to raise £1,824 , while RN held a Sponsored Silence (£250), there have also been doughnut sales (£144) and collections to send to various charities working on teh relief efforts in Haiti.</p> <p style=”text-align: justify;”>The school was also visited by Ali Tilbe, Campaign Director of UNICEF, who gave an assembly about the impact of the earthquake and the roles of UNICEF and other charities in providing both immediate and long term aid to meet the ongoing needs of a country devastated by disaster.</p> <p> </p>

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