Project to grow by £20k thanks to Devizes pupils

This Is Wiltshire: Charity founders Rita and Geoff Fowler receive the funds raised from Dauntsey’s School pupils Jenna Richmond and Sam Jackson Charity founders Rita and Geoff Fowler receive the funds raised from Dauntsey’s School pupils Jenna Richmond and Sam Jackson

Pupils at Dauntsey’s School in West Lavington have handed nearly £20,000 to a charity that helps underprivileged children in Africa.

Last year, Dauntsey’s pupils voted to support The Mustard Seed Project, a small charity run by Rita and Geoff Fowler. It works with the people of Mgongeni in Kenya to help with development of the community, including running a primary school, improving infrastructure and helping local women start their own businesses.

Several school events were staged to raise funds, with mufti days and a special economy charity lunch. The Devizes to Westminster canoe race team braved bitter weather to raise £4,842.50 for the cause. Meanwhile, the 150 participants in the 2012 Swimathon covered 486,733 lengths over 24 hours to raise some £750.

Houses pulled together to raise funds with bake sales and other events. Mr and Mrs Fowler were presented with a cheque for £19,819 by two of the house charity reps. The charity is planning to use the money to help with the purchase of land for a new school and also to help build the first classroom.

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