Monday, 12 December 2016
At the end of the Junior Girls’ ‘Winter Warmer’ Christmas Concert, a retiring collection was held in support of the charity Retrak. This Stockport-based charity aims to transform the lives of street children in Africa and South America by providing them with healthcare, education and an alternative to life on the streets.
The girls had already raised money for the charity earlier in the term with a non-uniform day. However, pupils were so inspired when they heard about the work Retrak were doing that they wanted to raise money for the same cause again at Christmas.
Gill Lee returned to School to speak to pupils about her experiences working with the charity in Ethiopia alongside fourteen of her colleagues from the police and fire service. She talked about how the funds raised through the girls’ non-uniform day had been used to buy shoes for all fifteen boys at the Boys’ Centre she visited. These children, aged between six and fifteen years old, didn’t have shoes but some of them still decided to go barefoot and save the new shoes “for best”. Gill also talked about teaching the boys phonics, English and the alphabet, taking them to visit the park for the first time and showing them how to play there, and teaching them how to play football.
She had also visited a Girls’ Centre, where they treated five girls aged between five and eleven years old to pamper days where they painted their nails. They also showed them pictures of the Hesketh House pupils, and the girls really liked their uniforms and loved having their nails painted the same colours.
At the end of the assembly, Charity Representatives presented Gill with a further cheque for £624.70, which was raised at the Christmas Concert.
She said, “I want to sincerely say thank you to each and every one of you and your parents. I’m blown away that you decided to fundraise for Retrak again at you Christmas Concert. Your fundraising has paid for all those girls and boys to have an education, and there’s no need to be sad thinking about them because you’ve made such a difference. I left those children with huge smiles, knowing what a huge different you have made to them.”
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