BY Daniel Harkins | May 13 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS     print icon print


Blantyre primary backs children helping children

Children helping children was the message pupils at St Joseph’s Primary in Blantyre learned recently after raising hundreds of pounds for Missio Scotland.

Primary five pupil Diane Meechan presented a cheque for £500 to the charity’s representative Anne McCrossan at a school assembly at the end of April, at which schoolchildren also presented cheques to a host of other charities for whom they’d raised money as part of their Lenten charity collections.

St Joseph’s Headteacher Jacqueline Ross explained how the incredible amount of money had been raised throughout the year in a variety of different ways while praising the pupils for their efforts.

“We have a Missio day every Wednesday where the pupils donate money,” she said. “We also have the children fill in collection sheets at the end of which they receive a certificate. However, we also work on raising awareness with them of the excellent work carried out by Missio Scotland and make sure they are aware of the charity’s concept of Children Helping Children, which is a motto we fully adhere to.

“It is outstanding in the current climate to think that our pupils can raise such funds. It is truly phenomenal.”

Missio Scotland is the Scottish branch of the Pontifical Mission Societies (PMS) and is the official mission aid agency of the Catholic Church.

The funds raised by St Joseph’s will go to the Missionary Children branch of the PMS, the Church’s Mission Charity for children. In Scotland, it works in tandem with Catholic primary schools and asks children to do two things every day: Pray for the children




—This story ran in full in the May 13 edition print of the SCO, available in parishes.


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