British School Al Khubairat’s Primary School presented cheque to WaterAid
The British School Al Khubairat’s Primary School today presented a cheque for £20,870 (Dhs126,539) to international charity WaterAid. This substantial donation is a result of a year of fundraising by the primary pupils at the school.
His Excellency Edward Oakden, British Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates, received the cheque on behalf of the charity at a special school assembly. “This is a remarkable achievement by the pupils, parents and staff at BSAK,” he said. “Having access to clean water and adequate sanitation is a basic human need, and yet one in eight of the world’s population does not have this. The work that WaterAid does in some of the poorest countries of the world is extremely important, and I’m delighted that the pupils at BSAK have made such a wonderful contribution. I’m honoured to receive this gift on behalf of WaterAid.”
WaterAid was the chosen charity for BSAK’s Primary School for the 2008/2009 academic year. The final donation was the result of a huge amount of hard work throughout the year, with the children taking part in a myriad of events to raise funds. These included: filling bottles with dirham coins, raising Dhs10,650; dressing all in blue for ‘Blue Day’, raising Dhs14,400; and a sponsored swim event which raised Dhs65,128.
“Raising money for good causes is an important part of life for the children at BSAK,” commented Mr Mark Yeowell, Headteacher of the Primary School at BSAK. “Some of the fundraising events were led by the school and others are initiated by the pupils themselves. The students take ownership of their fundraising activities, and take pride in how much they can raise to help other people around the world. This not only teaches the children how to raise funds, but also encourages them to understand and care about the lives of other people in the world, and imbues them with a sense of responsibility to help.”
Cathy Whiteman, WaterAid’s Community Fundraising Manager, said: “This wonderful donation from BSAK will enable us to work with more of the world’s poorest people, making a real difference to their lives. I thank all the children, parents and staff at BSAK for their hard work; we really appreciate it.”