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Caring and compassion at St Francis RC Primary School
Posted by : By Liz, Transform Our World, Youth Engagement Officer


The enthusiasm and concern for others is evident at St Francis’ Primary School in Gorton, Manchester, where Year 4 students are determined to make a difference to other people's lives and are working their hardest to inspire others. 


After listening to everyone’s ideas about projects the students settled on three areas that they feel the most passionate about.  


The Kids Unite 4 Ukraine group had been following the recent events in the Ukraine and were horrified by the news that they heard about children there. 

‘We want to make a change to make the world a better place for us all to live in. We have decided that the Ukrainian people deserve a safe and happy home, food, water, clothes and education - something we all have and feel very lucky to have’, said Vanda and JJ. 


They discussed how they could make the biggest impact whilst also focussing on their core values – to respect and love each other. The group came up with the idea of walking the distance from the Ukraine to Manchester – 1830 miles - in 30 days, culminating in a final colour run mile for the whole school, where they hope to cover everyone in yellow and blue paint!  


‘We hope to raise awareness of the struggle facing refugees, and encourage others to welcome them with an open heart. To do this, we are planning to walk 5 miles each per day.’ said Hamdan.  


The class have set up a Just Giving Page if you want to follow their progress and support them in their efforts: https://justgiving.com/fundraising/kidsunite4ukraine

The Heal Homelessness Group got in touch with Aston Kelly at the local charity - Manchester Homeless Group, to find out how they could help.


On his advice they have put together a list of essential items that the charity is desperately in need of, like wipes, toothpaste, underwear and socks. The group then decided to contact a local dentist to see if they could help with the oral health donations and their efforts have paid off.  


‘We are also going to make a video to show the whole school to encourage donations of clean clothes and to raise awareness about the 6858 people who live rough in our city’ said Kaiden and Vince. 


The final group, Save the Bees, knew from the off what they wanted to be involved with, helping protect these incredible creatures. Joshua who came up with the initial idea said ‘If we don’t have bees there won’t be vegetables, fruit or any plants. You should never kill bees, we want to protect them.’ 


The group have been researching how to build a large bug hotel that they want to place outside their classroom window.


They have been making posters to promote their campaign and Emily said: ‘We are also going to do an assembly about how to make a simple bug hotel at home so everyone can join in’.


Construction will take place this term and soon all the bees and mini beasts of Gorton will have a cosy home to shelter in! 


St Francis RC Primary is supported by Transform Our World Youth Engagement Officer Liz, funded by #iWillFund 



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