Today, Millthorpe School held a Charity Fun day in aid of two charities. Save the Children and Les Enfants de Dieu will share the money raised. Staff came in fancy dress including Pink Ladies, Smurfs, Einstein, Mary Poppins, Mozart, Dorothy, Wuthering Heights, Noel Coward, Cowboy, Frankenstein, Harry Potter, Where’s Wally, a Flapper, Mary , Jesus, Guru Nanak, TinTin, French mime artist and onion seller, and a variety of footballers. There was a cake sale, and karaoke including an appearance from “Fake That” (teachers in disguise!) and a variety of stalls including Splat the Teacher. The whole day was based on endurance challenges to recognise the endurance the children supported by the two charities have to show in their daily lives. Students and staff gained sponsorship to swim for 3 hours, stay silent, play guitar, birdwatch, ride bikes, do mini-triathlons and to row.
Miss Oxberry, who in December will climb Mount Kilimanjaro to raise money for Save the Children walked around the school all day in wellington boots filled with baked beans. She said, “I’ve supported Save the Children personally for a number of years and it’s wonderful to have the whole school joining in to help those less fortunate than ourselves.” Miss Kirby, who spent the day dressed as Einstein is a regular visitor to the Enfants de Dieu charity in Kigali, Rwanda which looks after 120 former street boys aged from 7 to 18. Children there do not have a family to support them and are looked after by the charity in very basic conditions. Miss Kirby said, “Over the last three years I’ve helped them with books for their schoolroom and boots for their football (which they love), and I’m delighted Millthorpe has joined in to help this very small charity turn around the lives of these street children.”
Headteacher Mr Burton dressed up too and took on a rowing challenge. He said, “Students and staff have had lots of fun but also raised a great deal for less fortunate children. I have been amazed at the large number of local businesses who have donated generously to the day, including many from the Bishopthorpe Road community.”
Many thanks to Nestle, F & J’s cookshop, Cycle Heaven, Trinicria Café Bar, Frankie & Bennys Nail Bar One, Meltons Too, Classix, Il Paradiso del Cibo, Nando’s, Up & Running, Hair City, Millies, York Chocolatiers, Zest, Sensu, City Screen, Patisserie Valerie & Candy Hero.
The total amount raised so far is £907 with more money due to come in from sponsored activities in the coming weeks.
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