Charities Committee

Danestone Primary Charities Committee

Danestone Primary has an enthusiastic and active Charities Committee. Our committee is made up of teachers and pupils from Primary 2 to Primary 7. There are 2 class representatives per class and they elected onto the committee by their classmates. We meet after school on a regular basis, usually once or twice per term.

The children come to our meetings ready to suggest which charities they feel deserve our support and are always full of imaginative fundraising ideas. Being part of our committee helps the children to develop many new skills in talking and listening, reporting back, planning events, advertising and letter writing. Through their involvement on the committee they are also fulfilling the objectives of the new ‘Curriculum for Excellence’, by becoming successful learners, responsible citizens, effective contributors and confident individuals.

During session 2009 - 2010 we have supported the following good causes.

  1. ‘Jeans for Genes Day’ which raised £241 in October 2009. This charity raises money for the research into genetic disorders and also provides funding and support for families with children living with genetic conditions. On this day our children and staff were asked to wear their jeans to school and to make a donation to this charity.
  2. ‘Age Concern’ which raised £221 in December 2009. The idea for this day came from the children on our committee who were keen to raise money for vulnerable, elderly people in our local area who may be struggling to cope over the cold winter months.  The fundraiser was planned on the same day as the Christmas lunch and the whole school dressed up in Christmas themed clothing or costumes. It was lovely to welcome so many santas, elves, presents, trees and angels on that day!
  3. ‘Unicef Day for Change’ which raised an impressive £415 in February 2010. The children were most concerned about conditions in Haiti following the earthquake and by supporting this charity, they were given the opportunity to help the victims of this disaster in their own small way. The money raised on this day was also used to fund health and education programmes in Mozambique. We had a ‘Dress Down Friday’ which was held on the Friday leading into the holiday weekend and this was well supported by all children and staff.

Our next planned event will take place in the summer term 2010 and, following a request from the committee, proceeds will go to Down’s Syndrome Scotland.

Website Links

www.ageconcernandhelptheagedscotland.org.uk

www.jeansforgenes.com

www.unicef.org.uk/dayforchange2010

www.dsscotland.org.uk