Go Green Day finally arrives in Sheffield tomorrow as schools, businesses and groups across the city host events to support the NSPCC’s day of fundraising and awareness.
“Everybody’s heard of Red Nose Day,” said Sheffield’s NSPCC president Julie Kenny. “Go Green Day, launched for the first time this year, is about raising awareness of the issues and problems children in our city are facing, and then fundraising to help fix them.
“Anyone can Go Green – pay a pound to wear green for the day, paint your face, dye your hair, bake some green goodies or do something really crazy, like take a bath in green mushy peas or get sponsored to eat a mountain of sprouts!”
All the money raised will support the NSPCC’s ChildLine Schools Service.
The service funds volunteers to visit primary schools across Sheffield and South Yorkshire, delivering assemblies and workshops to children aged nine to 11, helping them to understand what abuse is and where to get support if they need it.
Staff at Sheffield Council will be among those showing their support tomorrow by dressing in green.
Coun Jackie Drayton, cabinet member for children, young people and families, said: “The NSPCC’s ChildLine Schools Service does a great job at raising awareness and keeping children safe, that’s why I’m proud to be supporting ‘Go Green’ and encouraging anyone who can to wear green for the day and help raise funds for this important service.
“The more people who join in the better – this is about making a difference to children’s lives.”
Lady Ruby Sykes, the High Sheriff of South Yorkshire, is sponsoring a Go Green gala dinner this evening at Sheffield Wednesday Football Club, which will include local entertainment and a talk from Peter Liver, director of ChildLine Services.
She told The Star: “I am delighted to be able to support such a worthwhile cause. The NSPCC understands the important role schools play in reaching out to children and young people.
“The ChildLine Schools Service will be the foundation for preventing abuse and for creating safer, stronger communities.”
Sasha Law, for the UK Commission for Employment and Skills organisation in Wath, said: “We’re hosting three Go Green fundraising events – a Great Green Bake-Off, a Spot The Green Dot treasure hunt and a Wear Your Greens fancy dress competition.”
The Hallamshire Tennis, Squash and Racketball club is also getting involved, trying to break the Guinness World Record for the longest game of squash singles ever held, over the next two days.
Four members of the team, based on Ecclesall Road, will play against one another for 36 hours straight, in which time they hope to raise £6,960, which would enable the ChildLine Schools Service to reach 580 local primary school children in South Yorkshire.
Nikki Sharpe, founder of Youth Can Achieve, will also host a conference in the city tomorrow when local campaigners, child experts and charities will gather to debate issues related to children and petition for a national Children’s Day to be held on November 20 every year in the UK.
Nikki said: “A National Children’s Day would celebrate and value our children and young people, showcasing the work they do in society, in their communities, as carers and as our country’s future.
“It would remember the children who lost their lives due to neglect and abuse.
“The conference will collect views of children and adults, forming a Children’s Day UK coalition of interested parties to take forward policies around children, and lobby government to address these issues for future years.”
Get involved tomorrow by texting 70744 with the message GOGREEN to pledge just £1 to the cause.