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Wednesday, 05 October 2016
This year’s Harvest celebration at the Junior Girls’ School once again supported Urban Outreach, with pupils’ families sending in a huge amount of food to be donated to this local charity.
The Junior Girls came together for a special Harvest assembly, during which the Charity Reps talked about why Harvest is celebrated and what it means. Laura Bagley from Urban Outreach also spoke to the girls during the assembly about the Junior Girls’ amazing contribution.
She went on to tell the girls an inspirational story about a community coming together and proving that, if they pooled their resources, they had enough for everyone. She explained that although the girls might not have thought that bringing in one can of chickpeas or one packet of pasta would help very much, they could see how much food they had collected all together, and asked them to imagine what a difference their contributions would make as a whole.
Laura then ran through some statistics about Urban Outreach’s work and asked the girls to guess what some of the numbers meant. From the 3000 cans of beans that were donated over Harvest, to the 66 churches and 85 schools who donated at Harvest, this emphasised the scale of the Harvest donations. The fact that Urban Outreach gives 2928 food parcels over the course of a year and feeds 110 households a week from their food band also helped the girls to realise just what a huge difference their donations will make to people’s lives.
“This will make so many people happy, and they will feel like people really care about when they are going through a hard time,” Laura said. “Thank you so much on behalf on Urban Outreach for having me today and for your generosity.”
The assembly was interspersed with beautiful singing from the all of the Junior Girls, who raised their voices to the traditional Harvest hymn ‘We Plough the Fields and Scatter’ and the autumn-themed song ‘Orange and Yellow and Brown’.
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