Sheffield schoolchildren have raised hundreds of pounds to help communities across the world to grow food this Harvest.
Pupils from St Marie’s Primary School, in Fulwood, opted to forgo their usual school dinner for one day in favour of a simple - and cheaper - soup and bread lunch, with the difference all going to ‘Brighten Up’ the lives of children and young people around the world as part of a Harvest fundraising campaign, by the Catholic aid agency CAFOD.
Many of the pupils came in early on the day help peel all the potatoes and vegetables for the soup, as well as picking herbs to include from the school’s garden. They also paid £2 each to take part and dressed in bright colours for the day to raise awareness of the ‘Brighten Up’ campaign.
“We also collected tins of soup to donate to food banks in Sheffield,” said Bernadette Twomey, RE coordinator at St Marie’s.
CAFOD is working with communities in Bolivia, where in the Altiplano region, nearly 60 per cent of the rural population are living below the poverty line. Unpredictable rains and frequent hailstorms destroy the crops these communities rely on, so the charity’s partners are working to provide greenhouses to protect crops and train communities with new farming techniques to help them grow enough crops to feed their families.
Jenny Allen, CAFOD’s representative in Sheffield, said: “Harvest fast days are a great way of bringing people together and raising an incredible amount of money to help others, so we’d like to say a huge thanks to the pupils at St Marie’s for their generosity.
Visit cafod.org.uk/harvest to donate.