Windermere School creates fundraising waves throughout their community!
During the course of last week, Windermere School has hosted a series of student-led fundraising events to raise money for the people who have fallen victim to Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. On Saturday, a group of 16 volunteers went to Booths down in Windermere to pack grocery bags in exchange for donations. The volunteers were split into two groups where each group worked a morning shift and an afternoon shift. Both groups worked hard to raise money as well as awareness to the local community and some went as far as to carry the shopping all the way to the customer’s cars. Despite it being the weekend, all these students gave up their time to help make a difference in the lives of those who most need it. These students managed to raise a significant £1140 in a space of six hours, which is an incredible achievement!
Following the weekend, on Monday the school hosted a famine meal for lunch where many staff and students were in support of participating in. Both students and staff came together for this cause and saw that the famine meal helped us to remember how blessed and fortunate we are to have so much in our lives. Although some students found it difficult to ignore the rumbles in their tummies, they realized that their sacrifice would lead to helping the victims of the typhoon. The famine meal not only helped us to raise money for the Philippines but it taught us to appreciate all the privileges’ we have here at Windermere School.
On Tuesday, a group of five students set up a bake sale inside the dining hall where all their baked goods were sold out within minutes! The students baked things from cupcakes to cookies and raised a total amount of £108! Alongside the bake sale, Fizzy in year 7 was selling her origami swans, which she spent hours the night before making. The origami swans had little messages like “Help the Haiyan victims” and were a symbol of peace and hope that students could purchase for 20p.
Our final fundraising event was the “Windermere Wave of Coins” that took place during tutor time. Tutor groups were coming up and placing their coins along the line, which ran all the way from Crampton Hall to Ms. Parry’s office. In a space of 20 minutes, the entire school had gathered and contributed to the line of coins, which added to a total of over £200!
Over the entire week of fundraising, we have managed to raise a total of £1626 that will help the victims of the typhoon rebuild their lives from the devastation they are currently living in now. This entire week has shown us the great sense of community and compassion that the school has which is an achievement in itself. The school will be donating the money to the Philippines via ShelterBox where aid will be distributed to those who need immediate attention.
What ShelterBox is doing is truly amazing and without you, people like myself would not be able to get involved in making a difference in the lives of others
Article contribited by Mary Withers, Student at Windermere School
Find out more about how to get involved in ShelterBox's Typhoon Haiyan appeal here