THIS LEAP YEAR MATTER!
children in Africa take a leap of faith every day of their lives
because life is extremely tough – some are orphans and homeless,
and others don’t have enough to eat and drink, so
often get sick because of poor nutrition, unsafe drinking water
and disease. Most do no go to school because they are either
too weak to concentrate or are just too busy trying to survive.
But now you can make a difference.
invited to take part in a #Leap4Africa Day on February
29th. Whether you’re seven or 70, use your extra day
in 2016 to make a difference. Organised
by Cookham’s Social Action Committee, in association
with Holy Trinity and Cookham Rise Primary Schools,
all the schoolchildren will be involved in a sponsored star-jump,
and for those a little older, you can join in by jumping,
playing hopscotch or leapfrog, or by doing the thrilling
Leap of Faith at Longridge, all to raise money to make
a difference to children’s lives in Africa.
Longridge Leap of Faith is for adults or anyone over the age
of eight, and starts with a climb to a platform at the top of a 13-metre
pole. Next, you have to leap to the trapeze as your peers
all watch from the ground below. It costs £15 and all participants
will receive a certificate to remind them of their Leap
proceeds from any sponsored jump will be donated to New
Brainstorm School in Uganda and PFC Ethiopia, whose project
is Gende Tesfa School. These
African charities are the two that Cookham’s Social Action
Committee has decided to support for the next two years,
as they were brought to the group’s attention by the primary
the inspiration of one of their parents, Sarah Parfitt, who
ran the marathon for Gende Tesfa School last April, Holy Trinity
School has been fundraising for PFC Ethiopia. Together they
have raised more than £5,000 so far, and funded a new sports
ground, which is currently being built, and the Breakfast Club.
In Gende Tesfa, which is located in Dire Dawa in Eastern Ethiopia,
one or more family members have been affected by leprosy
and it also a very poor community. The
money from the #Leap4Africa Day will be donated to school
facilities like the Breakfast Club and better sanitation that
benefits the school and the whole Gende Tesfa community.
and PFC Ethiopia Ambassador Sarah Parfitt says: “I
am so excited about our #Leap4Africa Day – we hope that people
will really embrace the idea and change children’s lives in
Ethiopia and Uganda this Leap Year. Please get involved wherever
you live, and post your photos and videos on
Rise Primary School has formed a partnership with
the New Brainstorm School in Kampala Uganda. This is a
school with little support and resources to educate children who
would otherwise have little access to any education and is only
kept afloat by the work of its dedicated staff. Cookham Rise
School has already raised money just to keep Brainstorm open,
but now they want to fund more permanent facilities. Deputy
Head of Cookham Rise Primary School Mr Rhodes says:
“The Saving New Brainstorm School initiative not only gives
much-needed help to an underprivileged community in Kampala,
the work to support them helps build even greater community
links in Cookham. Knowing that our fund-raising efforts
would start in earnest in 2016, a Leap Year, it occurredto me that that
jumping into action represented a great starting point.
A little brainstorming with my colleagues in the Social Action
Committee gave rise to Cookham Leaping for Africa with
the hope that everyone in the area will find a way of leaping
to the aid of the unfortunate in Africa.”
Mrs Peters of Cookham Rise Primary School says: “All
the children at Cookham Rise are hugely excited about the Leap
of Faith initiative as it will help their friends in Kampala to
keep their school and the education they love. In some cases,
school is the only family they have. Having raised enough money
to help New Brainstorm to buy land for a new site, we hope
that this Leap Year will see enough funds raised to start building
safe classrooms and sanitation for all the children.
you to everyone who gets involved, it really does make
the next two years, the Cookham Social Action Committee
want to help support these causes through various fund-raising
events and individual donations (see below for more
details). Yet as Mrs Peters said, this initiative is not just about
fundraising; the children at the local schools are in contact
with their fellow pupils in Africa – they have exchanged
letters, videos, photos – it is as much about children from
both schools learning about each others’ cultures.
Parfitt adds: “Imagine your children not eating each day, having to
share a school uniform and dreaming of having a
toy. This is the norm for too many children in Gende Tesfa and
in other parts of Ethiopia. We can sit back and feel guilty or
we can be catalysts for change. Please jump, leap, play
and have fun with us on February 29th!”.
29th. Leap4Africa Day. To take part in the Longridge
Leap of Faith, it is £15 – with Longridge receiving £5,
Gende Tesfa School £5 and the New Brainstorm School £5.
You need to register online at: www.longridge.org.uk/events/events-booking/2016-02-29