King Richard III College students raise €15,180 for Cancer Support Group Mallorca
During the past year and half the COVID-19 restrictions have made it very difficult for fundraising activities to take place across the island but this did not prevent the students at King Richard III College in Portals Nous from continuing their commitment to raising money for charity. Every year, the college chooses a focus charity and the members of the student council organise a series of events during the school year to raise money. At the end of the summer term, all the money is donated to the charity and this year, Cancer Support Group Mallorca was selected to be the focus charity following their work with the students on the school's Duke of Edinburgh Award programme.
Despite not being able to run annual activities such as the 14km sponsored walk and Christmas Fayre, the students got creative, planning alternative events to raise money.
The fundraising programme kicked off on Hallowe'en when the children swapped their uniform for scary costumes and had an afternoon of spooky games in the courtyard.
The Christmas Games, Valentines Day Flower Sale, Carnival activities and Grand Raffle Prize Draw all added to the total. Particular congratulations to all the children of the Primary School who studied hard and learned lots of words for their annual sponsored Spellathon, raising over €4000!
At the annual Prize Giving Ceremony at Paguera Theatre on June 16th, Tom Barlow - the Year 13 Chairman of the Student Council - said, “I am incredibly proud of how the students have adapted and coped with the restrictions imposed by the pandemic. We have managed to raise a substantial sum of money which we are donating today to the Cancer Support Group based here in Mallorca, giving support to those whose lives have been touched by cancer.” Representatives of the Cancer Support Group (Damaris Sanders and Sabitha Narayanan) were then invited on stage to receive the donation of €15,180.
The representatives thanked the students for their fantastic effort and Mr. Berry - the Director of the college - for his support. They explained that this donation, “would help to ensure their continuing support, services and companionship to cancer patients and their families here in Mallorca and the other Balearic Islands”.
This story of determination and compassion from the children and school community at King Richard III College is a real source of inspiration, showing that even in challenging times, it is possible to make a difference.