This term students pledged to make wishes come true by raising money for the Make a Wish foundation. Setting themselves the target of £500 they hope to contribute towards making the wishes come true for children in our local community who are living with serious illnesses. Year 9 students took the lead on this initiative and launched it to the rest of the Academy as ‘Make a Wish for Easter’.
Activities the students ran with were song request days, charity football and netball matches, a ‘Mad Hair Day’, Henna designs for donations, Easter Egg Raffles, cake sales, and the most popular of them all- a sleepover at the Academy. In fact this last event proved so popular that a second date had to be put in the diary as the first sold out in minutes.
Andy Booth, Principal, said “I am immensely proud of our students and how much effort they have put into this initiative. They never fail to impress me with their generosity of spirit and willingness to help others, and on this occasion they have gone above and beyond to do all they can to fulfil their pledge”.
Working in conjunction with Academy staff there was also a community coffee morning held on Saturday 24th March. We were overwhelmed with the support of our local community in support of this event as we welcomed over a hundred guests through our doors. With plenty of tasty treats on offer as well as an impressive array of raffle prizes we were delighted to raise over £1000 at this event alone.
Combining the coffee morning total and the fundraising efforts of student events, we are delighted to announce that students more than quadrupled their target, raising a whopping £2,359.50 for the Make a Wish Foundation.
Janet Lake, Regional Manager at Make a Wish, came into the Academy to accept the cheque on behalf of the foundation and commented “This is a wonderful example of truly collaborative community fundraising and raising awareness. Students and teachers took a really creative approach to engaging the whole school in a range of fabulous activities. In addition, Oasis Academy Coulsdon was instrumental in reaching out to the wider community through staff at the school, in association with the local Volunteer Fundraising Group, to host a hugely successful Easter coffee morning event. Make-A-Wish is thrilled to receive an amazing total donation which will help to grant wishes in 2018, and proving that together we create life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses.”