In advance of their trip to India, which is taking place at Half Term, our RS students have been raising money for the Hope Foundation to help disadvantaged and vulnerable children in India. To date, they have raised over £4000 – a phenomenal achievement of which they can be very proud.
Last Friday, they helped organise a special fund-raising dinner which took place in the Hall. 71 guests were treated to a delicious, three course meal which included various curries and mango kulfi for dessert. The guest speaker was Alexander Norman, author and friend of HH the 14th Dalai Lama, who gave a fascinating talk about Buddhist beliefs and the value of friendship across cultural divides. As well as ticket sales, money was raised through a raffle and highly entertaining auction run by Sophie’s father Mr Connolly who proved to be highly persuasive, pushing bids for the various lots sky high!
Vicky Wilson, Housemistress of Sayers (who is accompanying the girls on their trip to India and organised the event) said, ‘I was quite overcome by people’s generosity. It is such a worthwhile charity and every penny raised will help children who are desperately in need’.
In addition to the Dinner, the girls have also raised over £1000 from an initial outlay of £180 by using their flair for entrepreneurship to grow individual sums of £18 each. They have done this in various ways, through car boot sales and selling ice-lollies at fetes. Well done girls!