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Monday, 10 December 2012
Max Griffiths, co-founder of LivLive, returned to his old school to pick up a whooping cheque for £11,463.03 and to thank the pupils and staff of Bolton School for their enormous fundraising efforts earlier in the year.
Just prior to the summer holiday, the whole school, which totals over 2,300 pupils, came together to raise funds for the LivLife Foundation which offers free and relevant education and vocational opportunities in Tanzania for children and adults.
Max visited each part of the School and told the children: “On behalf of everyone at LivLife and of those children and adults that use our centre, I would like to offer a heartfelt thank you. The money you have raised will help change lives. Not by buying people an iPad or sending them on a nice holiday but by actually changing the direction of the rest of their lives and their families. There is no greater gift that you can give.”
The pupils raised the money through a wide range of activities, many of them choosing to wear Maasai colours on the day, which included a 10 mile sponsored walk to Rivington Pike for Senior School children and culminated in a spectacular Maasai dance in the School’s Centre Quadrangle. The dance, undertaken by over 350 pupils from all parts of the Foundation, was also performed simultaneously by the Maasai in Africa and each event was relayed on a giant outdoor screen via a Skype link-up.
Max set up LivLife with another Old Boy of the School, Sam Yates, after they had conducted university studies into how tourism affects the Maasai in Tanzania. The School has an ongoing relationship with LivLife and Year 10 girls and their teachers will be going out to help out at their centre in Tanzania in 2013.
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