Outreach raise over £500 in Valentine’s Day fundraiser

Thursday February 25, 2021

Concord’s student Outreach team have raised over £500 in an annual Valentine’s Day fundraiser – with more donations still coming in, for a ‘lifechanging’ cause. The fundraiser consisted of a hamper raffle, with gifts and goodies in the theme of Valentine’s Day, as well as doughnut sales – including ‘secret admirer’ orders, and ‘cupid matches’. The money raised has been used to refurbish the toilet block at Lalibela Primary School in Ethiopia, as part of the college’s charity, Soil of Amhara. This follows a donation of over £3500 last term, after students, staff and alumni virtually pedalled and rowed over 8600km to the primary school as a whole-school fundraiser, with the money being used to refurbish four classrooms. In this latest initiative, the students surpassed their Valentine’s target of £300, raising over £500 on the Outreach’s JustGiving page, whilst cash donations are still being generously received in the school. If you would like to support too, please visit the JustGiving page. According to Outreach member Emma in 6.2, “It was an exciting day for everyone, with over 300 doughnuts delivered and 50 students matched. “Given the current lockdown, we are pleased that we were able to organise events that involved both those online and studying remotely, and those on campus. “We are grateful for everyone’s donations and would like to thank everyone who has supported the refurbishment and longevity of Lalibela Primary School so far.” Pastoral Assistant, Ms Rachel Johnson who supports the student Outreach team, said: “Valentine’s Day at Concord has shown a lot of love and support for the Soil of Amhara Project, as well as one another. “The Outreach team have been working extra hard to raise fantastic amounts of cash this year despite all the extra challenges presented by lockdown and social distancing. “Outreach are caring and connecting with their community who are all over the world.” “As well as the raffle and ‘Cupid Match’ for students, the team sold 323 doughnuts!” Ms Johnson added: “It’s a pleasure to support the team; They have brought us altogether to raise money in several safe ways and shared a lot of love around the world on Valentine’s Day. “They are already working on ideas for fundraising for Comic Relief.” Co-founder of the Soil of Amhara, Concord’s Mr Steven Cale of the Geography Department added: “The support from the Concord College community has helped to bring an encouragement to those at Lalibela Primary School. “In addition to previously refurbishing four classrooms through generous donations, the Outreach team’s Valentine’s fundraising has raised funds specifically for the girls’ toilets which had suffered from a lack of investment. “As well as this much needed improvement to the usability and privacy of these 20 toilets, the outside of the block has been painted to improve the whole look of the area.” Mr Cale was also delighted to announce that the charity was granted official charity status earlier this month. He said: “Now we have official charity status, this will bring benefits with reclaiming Gift Aid on donations and allow us to encourage more people to join with us in our vision: to release potential and show support to the young people in this beautiful but desperately poor corner of Ethiopia.”