SCHOOL TEACHERS, SPIDERMAN AND SUPERMAN SCALE DOWN CHURCH TOWER TO FEED UGANDAN SCHOOL CHILDREN!
Harpenden Spotlight on Africa (Spotlight) put on a hugely successful abseiling event on Saturday 1 October to raise funds to help their school in Uganda feed its pupils. St Nicholas Church, Harpenden, kindly provided the 90ft back drop for this special event. A diverse group of plucky volunteers including school teachers, a student, a scientist, two professors, a nurse, a lawyer, a town councillor, city workers, Superman and Spiderman (!) were all motivated to scale new heights for this great cause.
As they say, what goes up must come down! And in spite of the rain, there was plenty of abseiling fun for participants and spectators alike. Spotlight raised over £15,000 at the event which will be used to pay for breakfast and lunch for the pupils at Musoto Christian School in Eastern Uganda. For some of the children at the school, this could be their only meal of the day.
Teachers from Grove Infant & Nursery, Mandeville, Sauncey Wood and St Nicholas schools were among the 36 brave abseilers. Dozens of children and parents came out to support their teachers. Sara Prince (deputy headteacher at Grove) said "This was a daunting challenge but we are thrilled to have done it and helped raise money for such a worthwhile cause."
Trustee Roger Hallam (Spiderman) said “The funds raised to date could provide breakfast and lunch to the 1,000 children at our school for 6 months. We are most grateful to the participants and especially to St Nicholas Church”.