As you will already have gathered from our front page, The Star has ‘gone green’ for the day - to show our support for the NSPCC’s regional day of fundraising and awareness.
Buildings, organisations, businesses and community groups all across the city will ‘Go Green’ today with a host of fundraising events and fancy dress.
From green bake-offs and green costume competitions to green raffles and sponsored baths of mushy peas, we’ve heard lots of crazy stories of how the people of Sheffield will show their support today.
But behind the fun of the antics is a serious message. Go Green Day was created to promote the rights and wellbeing of Sheffield children.
Sheffield’s NSPCC president Julie Kenny said: “Everybody’s heard of Red Nose Day. Go Green Day - to run hand-in-hand with Children’s Day today - is about raising awareness of the issues and problems children in our city are facing, and then fundraising to help fix them.
“Sheffield has the largest NSPCC centre in the UK and that’s because we have a lot of deprived families and children who need our help.”
NSPCC Sheffield and local charity Youth Can Achieve have teamed up for the campaign, which they hope will go on to become a national and, eventually, global day of awareness and fundraising.
Money raised by the Go Green campaign will help to fund a preventative support system in local schools, giving children aged nine to 11 the chance to highlight any concerns and talk through issues that are bothering them.
Julie said: “By teaching young people to understand what abuse and neglect are, we’re hopeful we can deal with difficult situations before they have a chance to escalate.
“We believe prevention is the most important message.
“We’d love to get to the point where we don’t have a children’s centre in Sheffield because we don’t need one.”
Text GOGREEN to 70744 to pledge £1 to the cause.