Prior's Field September 2018

St. George's Magic Fiver Challenge

Published Friday 16th of March 2018 04:45:21 PM

Pupils at The Blue Coat School, Birmingham, have raised a truly magical amount for the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association. Joined by working dogs Nicksey and Benson and their owners, St. George’s boys held a House Charity Day Assembly to inform the rest of School about their fundraising endeavours. Their presentation was very colourful and fun-filled with lots of doggie facts and figures, complete with some rather p-awful puns! The St. George’s boys, dressed in house green and puppy ears, invited their friends to the visit their market stalls at break and lunchtime where they could spend their pocket money on traditional games, sweets and toys, as well as a cake sale run by House Parents after school. They also shared some of the enterprising ways they had started to raise money for the Guide Dogs in their Magic £5 Challenge. House Head, Mr Hill, had surprised the boys by giving them five pounds each in the run up to their House Charity Day. Much like the New Testament’s Parable of The Talents, in which a man entrusted three servants with talents in the hope that they would increase them by the time he had returned from his journey; Mr Hill set his boys a challenge to try and turn their five pounds into profit for charity. St. George’s boys certainly rose to the challenge and have astounded everyone with their entrepreneurship! Fundraising initiatives included gardening, sponsored runs, car washing and cake sales but also some rather unusual ones too - a blindfolded jiu jitsu throw, making bird feeders, and busking on Harborne High Street to name just a few! Several pupils chose a canine-theme to link in with their chosen charity - selling hand-painted dog and bone keychains and magnets, guess the name of the dog, name a guide dog puppy, making and selling miniature dog calendars, raffling a pillow puppy, and not forgetting being a general dogsbody that does all the household chores! Whether a £5 profit or a staggering £320 profit, each of the boys made a valuable contribution as the House pulled together and showed great teamwork to raise an amazing £2,935 with their Magic Fiver Challenge. When added together with the monies raised from the activities held in school, St. George’s raised a grand total of £4,010 for the Guide Dogs. As Mr Hill’s T-shirt declared, it really was impossible ‘to keep calm and carry on’ after such a spectacular achievement! Well done boys.
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