Students at Ark Burlington Danes Academy in Hammersmith and Fulham raised £609.96 for charity and the Student Council voted to donate it to School in a Bag.

Students raised money by holding a Cultural Gala for the local community and by holding a ‘Colours of the Flag’ day, where students dressed in the colours of the flag that represents their background.  These events were intended to celebrate students’ diversity and foster a sense of community as well as raise money for a good cause.

The Student Council, made up of representatives from every class at Ark Burlington Danes Academy, met and voted for the money to be donated to School in a Bag, a charity proposed by a student in the sixth form.  On Thursday 26th November, representatives from the Student Council welcomed Lis Foy, School Liaison Officer for the charity, to Ark Burlington Danes Academy and presented her with a cheque.  Students also helped to pack bags that will be sent to students around the world who might not get the chance to go to school.

School in a Bag is an initiative run by the Piers Simon Appeal (charity no: 1109503). The concept of School in a Bag was born in late 2009 following a collaboration project to send SchoolBags to orphan children in Swaziland, Africa.

School in a Bag is a simple solution created to help poor, orphan, vulnerable and disaster affected children throughout the world. Each SchoolBag is filled with stationery equipment and resources that will enable a child to write, draw, colour, calculate, express themselves and above all learn. Each SchoolBag delivered to a child will give hope to his or her future and has the potential to transform their lives.

Yasmin, a student in Year 12 at the school, said: “It makes me very happy to know that I am helping those less fortunate than me.  It warms my heart to know that we have helped to give children the chance to have an education.”

Ayan, a student also in Year 12, said “It’s amazing how such a small bag can make such a big difference.”

Lis Foy, School Liaison Officer at School in a Bag, said, “Thank you very much to everyone at Ark Burlington Danes for inviting me to visit your school and letting me tell you about our charity School in a Bag.  It was lovely to meet positive young people who are committed to making a difference to the world around them.  The cheque for £609.96 will fund 40 SchoolBags, which will be sent to children abroad. I came away from the school with a lovely warm glow and I am looking forward to working with the students and staff in the future.”



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