Fundraising in schools
Every year, Catholic schools throughout Scotland prove yourselves to be places where the missionary spirit is alive and well thanks to your prayers and fundraising efforts for Missio Scotland. We know that many of you hold your own events such as: coffee mornings, crazy hair days, cake sales, raffles and so on, which are all great ways to have fun, raise funds and tell people about the good work of Missio Scotland. We'd invite you to continue to hold these events, but also consider our showcase schools fundraiser, Mile for Mission.
Why walk a Mile for Mission?
Children sometimes don’t understand how far many other children, have to walk for school.
Heaven Ngulube (above) is 15 years old and like most girls of her age in Zambia, she’s hungry for education. She knows that unless she completes Grade 12—the equivalent of Scottish Highers—she wouldn't even get the most basic of jobs. Before the construction of St Columba's High School in Lusaka West—built in part thanks to funds raised by Missio Scotland—Heaven's family would have had to scrape together enough money for transport and hostel costs at the nearest secondary school, many miles away from home. Most of Heaven's fellow classmates would have been in similar situations. In the past, there were a number of youngsters at Heaven's primary school, who passed to go to the secondary school, but none of them were able to continue with their education, not because they didn’t share Heaven's ambition to succeed, but because their families just couldn’t afford to pay transport and hostel costs at the schools where the Zambian Government allocated them places.
Walking a mile is achievable for most pupils and can help them appreciate and be thankful for the school and teachers that they have. A measured mile also can help contribute towards goals in the Curriculum for Excellence, in particular:
Physical activity and sport
In addition to planned physical education sessions, physical activity and sport take place in the classroom, in the school, during travel such as walking and cycling, in the outdoor environment and in the community. Learning in, through and about physical activity and sport is enhanced by participating in a wide range of purposeful and enjoyable physical pursuits at break times, lunchtimes, within and beyond the place of learning. The experiences and outcomes are intended to establish a pattern of daily physical activity which, research has shown, is most likely to lead to sustained physical activity in adult life. Experiences and outcomes should also open up opportunities for learners to participate and perform at their highest level in sport and, if interested, pursue careers in the health and leisure industries.
This activity would also satisfy criteria from This is our Faith handbook, in particular Section 8 across all ages, recognising Signs of God, and awareness of being part of the wider community of the Church.
We would encourage your pupils to pray for other children, like those boys and girls in Lusaka. Why not pray the Missionary Children Prayer, the PDF of which can be downloaded below?
Another idea is to hold a small collection before or after the Mile for Mission to donate to Missio Scotland.
You can have older children help to measure the mile too, to help with their understanding of distance measurements and using tools such as a trumeter.
If you think one mile is too far to walk, you could create a relay instead.
Each mission continent is represented by a colour, you could split your class or school by colour and ask each pupil to wear ‘their missionary colour’ to represent that continent. The colours are: Green—Africa, Red— Americas, White—Europe, Blue—Oceania and Yellow—Asia.
Please share any other idea that you may have, we would be delighted to hear your feedback!