The pupils who just keep on giving


Year 4 Pupils of Clitheroe School, Stonyhurst, St Mary’s Hall.

On Friday, many communities across the country took part in Lent Fast Day. Claudio Rodrigues explains how one school plans to fundraise with a ‘Splash of Purple’ day. 

Pupils at a Clitheroe school, Stonyhurst, St Mary’s Hall, have continued their fundraising mission with their latest efforts hoping to provide resources, training and education for Zambian families.

Last week, Year 4 pupils at St Mary’s Hall, Stonyhurst, organised an assembly to tell the rest of their school about their plan to help turn little fish into Big Fish, as part our annual Lent fundraising campaign.

Watch the Young People’s Lent film: BIG FISH

The pupils are hoping that their ‘Splash of Purple’ day will be able to raise £558, enough to purchase three fish ponds for Zambian communities. These ponds will enable them to turn one fish into a whole business and provide them with an income to support their families.


Florence in Zambia with a fish pond that she created with the help of CAFOD partners.

This fundraising attempt is the latest in a series of kind acts by pupils at the school. Last year, after listening to an assembly about our work in Bolivia, lower prep pupil Alicia Mae decided to donate all her birthday money to buy a greenhouse for a Bolivian family to help them grow crops.

Donate to CAFOD’s Lent Fast Day appeal

CAFOD representative, Stephen Burrowes, said: “Inspired by Alicia Mae’s kindness, I have since been putting all my spare change in CAFOD collection boxes”.

Stephen continued on to say: “When I visited the school to help with the Year 4 assembly, I was able to hand over all the spare change that I had been collecting.


Florence from Zambia whose life has been transformed through fish farming.

“When it was all counted, I was amazed to see that there was £177.20 in the boxes, just short of what they needed for their first pond. The Headteacher Mr Murphy, who was at the assembly, immediately threw in the extra £9 required which meant that the school can already purchase one of the ponds!

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“I would like to wish them the best of luck in their fundraising and say what an inspiration they are to so many in the local community.”

Alongside their fundraising, one of the school’s other projects involves growing fruit and vegetables in the school’s allotment. The pupils are now hoping to donate the produce to local refugee groups, so that they can have fresh produce, alongside the regularly donated packets and tins.

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