Portsmouth High School’s Head Girl team were delighted to announce that they have raised £8,354.68 for the girls education charity, Camfed, this year. In a moving assembly to the whole school, the Head Girl team presented Miss Olivia Miller from Camfed, the Campaign for Female Education, with a cheque.
The Head Girl team have spearheaded fundraising activities throughout the year to generate money and raise awareness of their chosen charity.
‘Portsmouth High School is part of a wider group of schools, the Girls Day School Trust, or GDST,’ said Head Girl Anna Mackay, 18. ‘A trip to Zimbabwe in 1990 was a revelation for Ann Cotton, a GDST alumna, and marked the start of an organisation that has supported more than three million children and young people in the poorest parts of Africa. As a team, we were inspired by her story and wanted to support the charity, Camfed.
‘Raising such a huge amount of money for Camfed has been a great achievement as a Sixth Form team, especially being such worthwhile cause. It was a great opportunity to meet Ann Cotton, the founder of the charity. As a Sixth Form the whole experience has given us skills we will take on as we
leave Portsmouth High School as well as making some unforgettable memories. It has made our last year at Portsmouth High truly special.’
Miss Miller, from Camfed, added:
‘Thank you so much for this generous cheque. Camfed has never had such a large amount raised by a school before and this cheque, in excess of £8,000, will enable 55 girls to be educated in Africa. This will not just educate the girls but uplift whole communities. This amount of money has no bounds with bringing about changes to these girls’ lives. It will not only bring education but hope to many.’
Portsmouth High School’s Charity Week took place in November 2015. Charity Week has been running for over 25 years and is always organised entirely by the Sixth Form. The week is made up of talent shows, live music events, an annual netball match versus boys from Portsmouth Grammar School and other events. It culminates in a two night Fashion Show where the Sixth Form used their business acumen and entrepreneurial skills to negotiate with local shops and liaise with local businesses to put on the show.
More information about Camfed here https://camfed.org/