Youngsters raise £1,800 for Masasi project

YOUNG pupils have once again raised a significant amount of money for a charity their school has supported for more than 30 years.

Junior students at King’s School annually raise cash for the United Society for the Propagation of the Gospel (USPG) to help in Masasi, one of the poorest parts of southern Tanzania.

And this year they raised £1,833 for a number of ‘micro-projects’ aimed at developing the local community and supporting individual families in Masasi by helping them to buy animals such as goats and pigs.

Each class of four to 11-year-olds took part in fundraising events such as breaktime and lunchtime games, non-uniform days, bake sales and discos.

The latest total means the school has raised more than £50,000 since the appeal began.

Head of Junior School Kate Benson said: “Supporting this charity is a King’s tradition and we are delighted at the continued commitment shown to such a good cause throughout the whole of the junior school.

“Pupils have fun raising the cash and in the process learn a lot about planning, budgeting, social organisation and management skills, as well as the geography and difficulties faced by people in this region.

“Our ongoing engagement with Masasi deepens pupils’ understanding of specific problems.

“This sum is a very pleasing result for the pupils, for everyone who so kindly supported them, but most of all for the families who will benefit in Masasi.”