School celebrates 20 years of fundraising

Pupils tuck into soup and bread for lunch on Harvest Fast Day instead of their much-loved fish and chips
Pupils tuck into soup and bread for lunch on Harvest Fast Day instead of their much-loved fish and chips

The Towers Convent School in Upper Beeding has celebrated two decades of fundraising.

The school has raised more than £23,000 to help alleviate poverty and injustice across the world – and pledges to continue helping communities in need.

Staff and pupils have been supporting Catholic aid agency CAFOD, which provides resources, training and opportunities to help people live with dignity, support their families and give something back to their communities.

The latest effort was a collection made last Friday for the charity’s Harvest Appeal.

Mrs Butcher, religious education teacher and chaplain, said: “The staff and pupils at The Towers entered into the spirit of Harvest Fast Day by having soup and bread for lunch instead of their much-loved fish and chips.”

This harvest, CAFOD is working with communities in Bolivia, where in the Altiplano region, nearly 60 per cent of the rural population are living below the poverty line. Unpredictable rains and frequent hailstorms are destroying the crops on which the communities rely.

The charity’s partners are working to provide greenhouses to protect crops and train communities with new farming techniques to help them grow enough crops to feed their families.

Nalini Nathan, Sussex representative, said: “During autumn, we always celebrate harvest, which is traditionally a time of abundance, where communities come together and share food.

“In this time of abundance, it is important that we remember those who are without food and join together.

“We would like to say a huge thank you to the pupils, their families and teachers at the Tower Convent for their continued generosity in supporting families across the world and for putting their faith into action to help create a fairer world.”

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