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fundraising raffle for the Soil of Amhara

Wednesday September 16, 2020

Concord’s sixth form led Outreach Society have started their fundraising for the year with a Quarantine raffle in aid of their chosen charity Soil of Amhara (SOA). Said Anika, President of Outreach: “We have decided to choose the charity project Soil of Amhara run by Mr Cale, Mr Grant and Mr Coward. The project's aim is to raise money for improving the environment and facilities at Lalibela Primary School in Ethiopia. “It has been an unusual week here at Concord while all of us spent most of the time in our rooms during quarantine. To bring you some fun during isolation, the Outreach Society is holding a Quarantine Fundraising Raffle as our first event in this academic year! All money will be donated to the Soil of Amhara project in Ethiopia. Our goal this year is to raise £2000 and every penny helps!” The Outreach team have set up a Just Giving page and an Instagram account to help to publicise their fundraising when it is more difficult to meet face-to-face. Click the link to visit their account, or search for @outreachsocc on Instagram. The raffle prizes include a special hamper, Shrewsbury Monopoly game and a Concord bear. Mr Steve Cale, who teaches Geography at Concord, is in contact with the director of Lalibela Primary School who reported last weekend: “With no social safety net the impact of the loss of tourism and construction industries during the lockdown period have caused real hardship for vulnerable people in Lalibela. “The government is now moving towards opening up the schools and there is an expectation that students and teachers wear masks and keep a safe distance. This is very difficult when there are fewer desks than students and 55 students per class. Money raised from the Concord College community will go towards repairing a derelict and currently unsafe classroom which will enable students to work in less over-crowded conditions. “This classroom is one of two which is in desperate need of maintenance (see the photos attached). Our financial offering will go into a building which offers students an improved and safer learning environment not just during the Covid crisis but also beyond, to help many children in the years ahead. “The classroom is adjacent to the night class hall which money from Concord College went towards building a concrete floor in March.” See below photographs of the derelict classroom. If you would like to support the fundraising effort please click here to securely donate on the JustGiving page.