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Recently the students at the McAuley Catholic High School in Doncaster have excelled themselves in their fundraising efforts.  Firstly they answered CAFOD’s call for help with raising funds for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines and raised a total of £3500.  What is amazing about this is that this fantastic amount was raised in just 4 DAYS!  At the same time a Big Bake Sale was held for BBC Children in Need and raised £350.  And it didn’t stop there … a total of 152 shoeboxes were collected for Operation Christmas Child which provides Christmas gifts for children around the world who normally wouldn’t receive anything on the celebration of our Lord’s birthday.

A further 120 Christmas gifts were distributed to the elderly of the school’s linked parishes, and gifts of scarves, gloves, hats and socks were donated to M25 – a Doncaster Homeless Shelter.

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Finally during Advent as always the school supported CAFOD’s  World Gifts Campaign, sending of a cheque for a total of £3092!

After Christmas is usually quite calm but this year it was decided to support the British Heart Foundations “Ramp up the Red” campaign on Friday, 7 February.  This was supported in memory of a much loved teacher Alan McCook who passed away suddenly two years ago.  Mr McCook was a member of the maths department and also ran the School Fantasy Football competition for many years.  Up to date the amount raised for this is in excess of £1800 and is likely to hit the £2000 mark.

All of this good work has resulted in a combined total of £14000  raised.  This was wonderfully summed up by the words of a year 7 student who asked the Lay Chaplain, “Miss, is this what Jesus meant when he said Love your Neighbour?”  Out of the mouths of babes …..