Keith and Moony, together with Head of Boys PE Alan Wright, Dunhurst PE Teacher Ryan Walsh and Director of External Relations, Rob Reynolds are aiming to raise £1000 for the two charities.
Named after the School’s founder, the John Badley Foundation is an endowment fund to support full bursaries for talented youngsters who otherwise could not afford a Bedales education. The scheme was launched at Badley weekend in September, a School event that celebrates the Founder’s ethos. To mark the launch pupils and teachers wrote their thoughts on what is different and special about the school and posted them on the Badley Foundation tree (pictured with the team). The first beneficiaries of the scheme will start in September 2011 if sufficient funds are raised.
The Dunhurst Miraflor Project funds new facilities and educational materials for the Escuela Vincente Talavera School in Miraflor, Nicaragua. Supporting the development of the school has improved the local community’s quality of life in so many ways. In the past children were un-educated because they did not live close enough to a school and consequently earned a low wage with no career prospects. Now they can go to school and get an education.
Earlier this year a raffle and auction organised by parents at Dunhurst’s Summer Concert helped raise an additional £4000 to fund the construction of a new solar panelled classroom. Given the Miraflor School’s remote location, the solar panels are a sustainable and environmentally friendly power supply. Funding for the school is essential as Miraflor is deemed to be too remote to receive state aid.
Because of the new facilities, the Nicaraguan government has granted permission for secondary and adult education classes to run at the school on Saturdays. The secondary school is due to open in early March 2012, reaching out to more than 100 extra pupils. To date Dunhurst has helped to raise a total of £10,000 for Miraflor’s School. They now need to raise money to provide chairs, tables, a blackboard and other educational materials for the new classroom. Because of the new secondary school status the project also intends to support scholarships for older children wishing to go to University.
Dunhurst pupil, Cameron Cross, has also initiated a fundraising scheme to support the Miraflor Project by starting a collection of old ink cartridges and mobile phones to be recycled through a scheme called ‘Money for Schools’. Last year he made £100 for Miraflor and is hoping to raise even more this year.
Commenting on preparations for the run, Keith Budge, Headmaster of Bedales Schools, said: “The Great South Run provides the opportunity for thousands of people to raise money for causes they support passionately and wholeheartedly. I hope people will get behind us to help reach the fundraising target and provide that extra incentive for us to cross the finish line on Sunday.”
For more information on the charities please visit http://www.bedales.org.uk.
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