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Kenilworth pupils turn £1 into £6,500 for typhoon victims

Kenilworth pupils have been give �1 to help the victims of the devastating typhoon in the Philippines with a project to make their pound grow.

Pictured (Front L to R: Anna Poynter (Kenilworth Rotary), Paul Seward (Kenilworth Rotary) and Richard Garratt (Assistant Head). (Back): Year 10 Students together with Paul Walker (Head of Citizenship).

Kenilworth pupils have been give �1 to help the victims of the devastating typhoon in the Philippines with a project to make their pound grow. Pictured (Front L to R: Anna Poynter (Kenilworth Rotary), Paul Seward (Kenilworth Rotary) and Richard Garratt (Assistant Head). (Back): Year 10 Students together with Paul Walker (Head of Citizenship).

Enterprising pupils have turned pound coins into over £6,000 after rallying together to help typhoon victims.

Pupils all through Kenilworth School were given chance to take £1 and ‘make it grow’ in a charity fundraiser to help families affected by the Haiyan disaster in the Philippines.

And thanks to their “amazing efforts” they have collected a huge £6,445 so far - not including the £1,000 handed out to kick-start the projects.

Pupils have held sponsored silences, been out busking, held charity games, sold cakes, cleared leaves, washed cars and made Christmas cards to help bring in money.

Keen pupils made an extra £200 in collections at the town Christmas light switch-ons and staff also took part in a sponsored ‘double two castles run’.

They even rode the equivalent of Kenilworth to London on exercise bikes to boost funds. And the money raised so far will fund ten Shelter boxes - aid packages by the charity which help families left homeless by the disaster.

Each box includes a tent for eight people designed to last three years and other essential equipment at a cost of £590.

And with money still rolling in, the pupils have been praised for their excellent efforts in buying at least 10.

Speaking about the initiatives assistant head teacher Richard Garratt, said that pupils were asked to invest the pound coin in anything from ingredients for cakes, to sponges to get out car washing with the aim of making as much money as possible.

“It could be as simple as purchasing ingredients to make cakes and sell them on or club together with friends to purchase items for a car wash ,” he said,

“The possibilities are endless and because we gave everyone a pound to start off with, they really had to think about what they were going to do to make their money grow.

“Rather than thinking about themselves, they put in a huge amount of effort, thought and energy into thinking about how they could do something which would make a difference to others.”

The scheme was open to pupils in all year groups and around 1,000 decided to get involved.

Pupils in Year 11 were not asked to get involved so they could concentrate on their impending GCSEs, but many of them decided to get stuck in anyway and put in their own start-up pound to help boost the charity kitty.

It is estimated that almost two million men, women and children in the Philippines are now homeless and living with limited access to clean water or food in the wake of Super Typhoon Haiyan.

ShelterBox CEO Alison Wallace said: ‘Those families who have made it through the typhoon now desperately need our help. They have lost homes, possessions and loved ones and their wellbeing is dependent on getting quick access to shelter and other types of support.”

For more details, visit www.shelterbox.org or make a donation via www.justgiving.com/kenilworthschool

 

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