MISSIO Scotland schools volunteer Anne McCrossan was delighted to receive a cheque for £300 from St Aidan’s Primary School in Wishaw recently as a result of their Lenten fundraising for the charity.
Anne, who lives locally and is a frequently visitor to the school, was presented with the cheque by Sandra McLean, St Aidan’s headteacher and Primary 6 pupil, Liam Paterson (above).
Last year, Missio Scotland was particularly impressed to learn that one of St Aidan’s pupils, Liam Young, donated the money he received for shovelling snow from his neighbours’ driveways to the school’s Lenten charities. As with previous years too, the enterprising pupils raised the money in a variety of different ways, as principal teacher, Gillian Jones, explained.
“We raised the money during Lent by hosting a variety of 'Fundraising Fridays' such as an odd shoes day, wacky hair day and a dress down day,” she said. “In addition, we boosted our charitable profits with the help of our enterprise committee who set up lunchtime market stalls in our gym hall. Each class had a stall where children would take turns selling their items or service for pennies for our charities. We had a chocolate tombola, sold key-rings, popcorn, lemonade stand, friendship bracelets and so on.”
"It was lovely to have Anne in to receive the cheque on behalf of Missio Scotland, she's practically part of the staff! St Aidan's Primary School is proud to have supported Missio Scotland during our Lenten fundraising again this year. Our children thoroughly enjoyed the experience of creating their own products to sell, knowing that all profits would be supporting such an excellent cause. The school would also like to thank the families and staff of St Aidan's for once again being so generous with their time and money."
The vital funds raised by St Aidan’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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