SCHOOL CHARITY 2019/20 – WasteAid
The opportunity to give service to others and to look outwards to the local, national and international community is regarded as an important part of the education offered at Harrogate Grammar School. Each year the school supports a particular principal charity and the Charities Committee meet periodically to organise and support events throughout the year to raise money for the work of them.
In the past the school has raised money for the Teenage Cancer Trust to equip a room for teenage patients at St. James’ Hospital, Leeds; VAMOS, an organisation which offers support to the Street Traders and their children in Mexico; BASIK – Build a School in Kenya; Harrogate Hospital and Community Friends, The Himalayan Trust UK and Just Be – a Harrogate Bereavement charity which the school still maintains close links to.
During the last academic year 2018/19 the Charities committee raised the impressive amount of £14,000 for last year’s principal chosen charity, Martin House Hospice in Boston Spa.
The Hospice’s successful work involves being very active in the local community providing support for families of children with life-shortening conditions. Initially, some funds raised have gone towards the maintenance and replacement of hoists and refurbishment of rooms for the young people. In the longer term, the remaining money is intended to be used to fund the refurbishment of, and provision of new equipment for, a small cinema for the young children and their families to use whilst they are staying at the Hospice.
This year the main Charity that we are supporting is WasteAid – a waste management charity who work with large corporate companies to improve waste related problems in the UK and abroad. In Kenya, WasteAid works with the Kwa-Muhia Environment Group (KMEG) – take a look at their facebook page. They are based on the shores of Lake Naivasha. Nearby there are many flower farms which grow cut flowers for sale in UK supermarkets, many people living in the village of Kwa-Muhia work on these flower farms – you can see them on Google Earth.
The funds that we will raise this year are set to go towards funding a biogas project to aid the work of KMEG and also the potential purchase of a plastic shredder to enable materials to be transformed to be reused for other purposes such as eco bricks, road surfaces and cladding. We will also be liaising with our school’s sustainability Eco-Schools group in a combined effort to investigate how we can support projects in our school, within the UK and in Kenya.
During the year we will also support the local charities Papyrus and Yorkshire Air Ambulance though other events. We also have a close link to Give a Child a Hope (GACAH) which supports the development of The Revival Centre in Matugga, Uganda. Money raised by Harrogate Grammar in the past has enabled the school to build a vocational centre, where students learn trade skills, giving them life-long opportunities. During July this year a team of 11 Year 13 students and 2 teachers are heading over to Matugga for 3 weeks as part of an exchange visit.
Throughout the academic year 2019/2020 we are ambitiously aiming to raise £20,000 to support all of the Charities identified. Your support of this as part of the school community would be appreciated, whether it be joining the Charities committee, fundraising at one of the bake sales or sponsoring successful completion of the legendary Stay Awake.
Fund-raising efforts are spread throughout the academic year, with the Bizarre Bazaars run by each of the school Houses in December, concerts, entertainment and non-uniform days across the year. There is a student-led Charities Week held in March involving bake sales, quizzes and challenges. The precursor to this is the annual Stay Awake event, when Year 7 and 8 students are sponsored to survive the night at school without nodding off! Please support the students with their fundraising efforts wherever possible.