Students at St. James’ are very generous with their time and money, working throughout the school year to raise money for our designated charities.

This year we have chosen CAFOD as our school charity and all year groups will be working together to raise funds.

CAFOD is an international development charity and the official aid agency of the Catholic Church in England and Wales. They reach out to people living in poverty with practical help, whatever their religion or culture. They also campaign for global justice, so that every woman, man and child can live a full and dignified life.

You can find out more information about the fantastic work of CAFOD by visiting their website https://cafod.org.uk/

We will be organising lots of events throughout the year to raise as much money as possible. We have also set up a dedicated option on ParentPay where you can make a donation to support our students in their fundraising efforts. You can follow the link here , any donations would be gratefully received by ourselves and CAFOD.

Lent

During Lent this year, our students were challenged to Walk for Water with Cafod – to walk in solidarity with people around the world who have to walk for hours every day to collect essential, life giving and life saving water. During this global pandemic, water is even more important than it ever has been.

As a school family, we walked for enough hours to walk from St. James’ to Afar, Ethiopia, back to St James and then set off for Afar again. The students learnt about Abdella, who lives in the Danakil Depression in Afar, and that he walks for hours every day just to collect water. It is a long and dangerous walk, and the water he collects is shared with hyenas and monkeys – not exactly clean or safe, but the only choice he and many others have.

As well as developing their understanding of the challenges faced by our global family, and exercising the Catholic Social Teaching principle of solidarity in walking alongside Abdella and others, students were encouraged to be sponsored for their walking. Further donations to support the work that Cafod do around the world can be made through a dedicated Cafod option on ParentPay. The life saving work that Cafod does with partners around the world is still going on, despite donations dropping over a year that has been difficult for all of us.

Prem Dan

We also support Prem Dan, a charity based in Mumbai, India, who support children of families with low income to provide them with education and nutrition.  Prem Dan means “ A gift of love” and Sister Felicity, a nun who runs the charity she spoke these words “If you are Hindu, be a good Hindu; if you are Muslim, be a good Muslim and if you are Christian, be a good Christian”. This summarises Prem Dan’s will to serve the most needy regardless of faith.

“There are many opportunities that exist beyond the classroom for pupils to be engaged with local, national and international charities”

Diocesan Section 48 Report, May 2017

Jesus looked at them and said,
“With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible”

Matthew 19:26