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St Bartholomew's cheque in for Missio

MISSIO Scotland were the recent beneficiaries of nearly £500 thanks to the Lenten fundraising efforts of St Bartholomew’s Primary School in Castlemilk.

A cheque for the fantastic total of £480.65 was presented to Martin Mann, Missio Scotland’s Education and Fundraising Officer (above) by headteacher, Jane Saunders, and two young pupils at the end of an assembly that saw children from each class take part in a colourful Easter bonnet parade and the winners of an Easter Egg Raffle receive their tasty treats.

After having thanked the staff and pupils of St Bartholomew’s on the day, Colette Mullan, depute headteacher at the school, got in touch with the Missio Scotland office to detail just how fulsome and vibrant their fundraising efforts were.

The events began with an Odd Shoes Day, which was closely followed by a Wear Green for St Patrick’s Day fundraiser. After that there was a popular Stars in St Bart’s Show, which gave the children a chance to showcase their talents, as Ms Mullan explained: “Our children have a wealth of talent and it is at this event that we had a chance to see what they could do. Auditions were held and the successful stars took to the stage to perform to a packed hall!”

Other events held in St Bartholomew’s for the Pope’s charity included a Non-Uniform Day, a Crazy Hair Day and Guess the Bunny’s Birthday and Sweets in the Jar fundraisers.

Paying tribute to the staff, parents and pupils, Ms Mullan added: “The children at St Bartholomew’s had a fantastic time raising money for Missio Scotland this Lenten season. They showed great generosity and a sense of community spirit to raise funds for the benefit of others throughout the world.

“We would like to thank everyone for their support. We are always proud of our fundraising efforts that enable us to help charities, especially at this time of year. We couldn’t do it without you!”

The vital funds raised by St Bartholomew’s will go to the Missionary Children branch of the Pontifical Mission Societies, the Church's Mission Charity for children. In Scotland, it works in tandem with Catholic Primary Schools and asks children to do two things every day: Pray for the children in mission areas of the world and donate a small coin. Missionary Children joins with children all over the world to help some of the poorest children in the world, children of all faiths or none and also seeks to develop young people and prepare them as the missionaries of the future. Its funds help to: Build clinics, supply medicines and nutritional help, support education projects for children (building, funding and supplying schools). The donations help to develop a child both in an educational and spiritual sense.

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