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Loreto College receives a plaque in recognition of raising 2366.87 for LEPRA - View Full Size Image
Loreto College receives a plaque in recognition of raising 2366.87 for LEPRA

Representatives of international charity LEPRA visited Loreto College on Thursday 20th November, to present the College with a plaque in recognition of generous fundraising during the Autumn Term.

All Year 8 and Year 13 students at Loreto took part in a sponsored aerobic workout to raise funds for Lepra; the activity doubled as an ice-breaker activity to cement friendships between the Year 8 students and their Mentors in Year 13.

Lepra was founded in 1924 and continues to fight against disease, poverty and prejudice.  Throughout the UK, Lepra’s community fundraisers have been celebrating the charity’s ninetieth anniversary with schools and other fundraising groups.

Speaking at Loreto College Assembly, Lepra Community Fundraiser Audrey Heslip paid tribute to the students and staff who had worked so hard to raise funds, and to the College’s Social Justice Co-ordinator, Mrs Lorraine McCool.

‘We work on the frontline in India and Bangladesh with people living on the margins of society, often in extreme poverty.  Last year, we helped more than 400,000 people to improve their lives,’ Ms Heslip explained. ‘The young people who raise funds come up with so many great ideas.  Meeting them to share information about our overseas work, especially with children, is always interesting.’  The successes of Lepra mean that governments are now able to deliver services were Lepra has trained health workers and volunteers.

In total, Loreto’s students raised £2366.87 for Lepra.  The top fundraisers, Maria McDevitt, Emmet Morrison, Tolulope Jide Ojo and Aine Apperley (all of Year 8) were each presented with a certificate and a small gift in recognition of their outstanding efforts.

Mr Michael James, Principal of Loreto College, paid tribute to all those who had raised funds for Lepra  and to the charity’s representatives for the insight their presentation had given into the practical application of this valuable fundraising effort.