7 November 2017
Bolton School’s Junior Girls have raised over £3,000 to send one of their teachers to Malawi over the October half term break to work with the charity Retrak.
Retrak works to transform the lives of street children in Africa and South America, helping them to access education, healthcare and shelter while also supporting children to reintegrate with their families or foster families and communities.
After learning about the important work this charity does and hearing how their first donation had been used in Ethiopia, the Junior Girls became really passionate about helping Retrak and chose to support the charity on several other occasions across the last academic year. As a result of the school’s dedication to helping this special charity, Mrs Julia Marsden was invited to travel out to Malawi with Retrak over the October 2017 half term break.
The fundraising target to allow Mrs Marsden to travel to Malawi was £1,850. However, the Junior Girls have gone above and beyond, raising £2,195.43 on House Day earlier this term through a sponsored dance on the playground.
The girls also raised £1,106.21 on Charities Afternoon at the end of the last academic year to support Mrs Marsden’s trip, bringing her fundraising total to over £3,000.
Mrs Marsden was presented with this term’s cheque for £2,195.43 during morning assembly. She said, “Thank you so much. I just wanted to let you know that the total you have now raised for Retrak is over £5,300, through the House Day, the non-uniform days, the trampolining and all the other events! I’m going to take photos of all your fundraising to the children in Malawi to show them all the things you’ve been doing.”
The Junior Girls are now looking forward to hearing all about Mrs Marsden’s African adventure after half term.