On Saturday 20thOctober 2018, staff at Elmhurst Primary School and members of the community climbed Mount Snowdon in Wales to raise money for the Rohingya refugees, through the charity Save the Children. Most of the twenty-five climbers had never embarked on a mountain climb before, so there was a lot of excitement and trepidation. The experience for everyone was exhilarating, with perfect weather conditions, amazing scenery and most of all great company. They started on the Miners’ track and then followed the Pyg track, which was far more treacherous and challenging. They faced strong winds at times, especially at the summit, but had some relief in the warm café at the top, where they could get a hot drink and some well-deserved rest. On returning they checked their just giving page and the donations with gift aid had gone over £7,000, which helped ease the pain of their sore muscles and feet.
The team had previously raised money within the school holding cake and slime sales. Parents and staff held a food sale with henna hand painting, sponge the head teacher and other staff, in the school playground. Additionally, in East Shopping Centre on Green street, staff sold food at a stall, with the help of Mrs Shaista Memon and Mr Naveed Khan, who are parents at the school raising over £1,000 on the day. The appeal clearly made a difference to the children, which made them feel empowered to do something to make a difference, no matter how small. Many children were involved with baking and selling cakes and slime during their break and lunchtimes in school. One child from the school Hamnah Bhaiya, most touchingly used all her birthday money to make over 100 sweet cones and made around £156 for the Rohingya refugee children.
The Mount Snowdon climb was organised and led by Rubina Rehman, the school’s Global Initiative lead. The aim was to raise awareness to the plight of the Rohingya refugees, who have been suffering in terrible conditions in refugee camps in Bangladesh. They fled their homes due to persecution and unimaginable violence from the Burmese military and are struggling to survive in refugee camps with very basic facilities. The group’s just giving page is still open for donations and even though they have gone over and above their target of £3,000, every penny more donated will help to make some difference to the children at the refugee camps. Please visit their just giving page to make a donation. www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Elmhurst-Staff