Manchester: Pupils organise 'Coin Mile' challenge for CAFOD

  • Elouise Hobbs

Manchester school pupils have come up with an imaginative fundraising initiative - voting to collect old coins to create a 'Coin Mile' with all proceeds going to charity.

Last term, the pupils at The Divine Mercy RC Primary School in Manchester decided that they wanted to fundraise for the international development charity CAFOD by holding an intra-class competition to see which class could bring in the most coins for charity.

Once all the coins had been collected, the pupils then laid every single coin in their school hall to see which class had the longest trail - and would win the fundraising competition.

Mr Mitchell, the Religious Education Leader at The Divine Mercy RC Primary school, said: "The children voted how to raise the money through our school council. They decided on a 'Coin mile' challenge to raise money for CAFOD - which was great fun and meant we could donate to charity as well.

"We would like to say thank you to everyone who brought in coins for our 'Coin mile' challenge. The winning class was Mr Cooper's 2M, who got a prize. In total, we raised over £67 pounds for CAFOD."

CAFOD is part of one of the largest aid networks in the world, with a presence in 165 countries, and its local experts help some of the most difficult-to-reach people in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East.

CAFOD's representative in Manchester, Ann Wilson, said: "It is so wonderful to hear about the pupils fundraising project - they are such an inspiration to their local community and their efforts will go towards helping some of the most remote communities around the world."

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