Students at The Regis School have been helping malnourished families by saving up loose change.
Children and families in low income countries are constantly suffering from malnutrition as the food that they are absorbing is either too low in calories or not providing the nutrients needed to stay healthy. By collecting ‘sofa change’, the school has raised over £1800 to support UNICEF’s work in Liberia.
Over the last few months, students and teachers have all come together in order to collect money. They have sold sausage sandwiches, rummaged through their pockets and purses for coppers and have all brought in a pound for ‘change for change non-uniform day’.
Kev Robbins, the school counsellor, said he had the opportunity to go to Uganda and visit some primary schools where they only have £1 per student per year. He saw the difference that our money could make.
Tutor groups have individually been collecting students change for the past month in jars which they sent down to the library to be counted. Last year they collected £1700 over the course of a few months for ‘change for change’. This year we are so pleased to have exceeded this total. £300 trains two nurses so we know this money will make long term change for communities.
Mrs Saunders (Assistant Principal) said: ‘Day for change is a tangible way our staff and students can make a difference. Tutor groups have been collecting loose change for over a month and the fundraising will culminate in a non-uniform day, where students will bring a pound to take part. The students have arranged a raffle and a cake sale too’.
Students have been educated on the difference that they are making during tutor sessions and assemblies. The money raised will also not only go to supporting malnourished families but also to educating parents and carers on the importance of feeding their children the correct food. This way everyone can stay healthy, and not just people in undeveloped countries as this issue affects the entire world.
Mrs Ward, an English teacher, said: ‘To me it’s really important, I have two young children and it makes me quite sad to think that not all children have the advantages in life that they do’.
90 students also took part in partnering with UNICEF to walk 12,000 steps a day for two months in order to earn malnourished children ‘plumpy-nut bars’. Plumpy-nut bars are full of all of the necessary nutrients and calories that children need in order to stay healthy and survive.
Hundreds of schools have helped take part in UNICEF’s annual day for change through fundraising as a community to make the largest impact possible. Together, we will be able to make a huge difference at a small expense of a mere few pennies to each individual student.