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SCIAF director cycles to say thanks

The Director of the international aid charity SCIAF, Alistair Dutton, met pupils at our school today as part of a 700 mile Cycle Pilgrimage around Scotland.

Marking its 50th anniversary, the charity is going the extra mile to thank young people in schools and parishes face-to-face for helping to change the lives of millions of people in some of the poorest countries in the world over the last five decades.

Alistair met children and young people from both the primary and secondary departments of St John’s RC Academy to thank them for their fundraising efforts, raising over £9500 which will be doubled by the British Government’s Department for International Development (DFID) in honour of the charity’s 50th Anniversary.  The school has raised the funds through a series of ‘fun-raising’ activities including raffles, lunchtime events, 24 hour sleepovers (with no food), enterprising activities, non-uniform days and a whole host of other events.

Alistair Dutton said:

“In our 50th anniversary year we want to go the extra mile to thank our great supporters in Perth and Kinross, especially the pupils and teachers at St John’s RC Academy for the millions of lives they’ve helped to change over the last five decades.  Thanks to them, many people in some of the poorest countries in the world have got the seeds and farm tools they need to grow food, money to set up small businesses to help feed their families, and aid like medicine and clean water after natural disasters and emergencies.”

Mr Hagney, Acting Headteacher of St John’s RC Academy, said:

“We are delighted to welcome Alistair and his team to Perth and hand over the £9694.38 cheque which has been raised by our pupils to help some of the poorest people in our world. As a community, we are committed to do all that we can to make the world a fairer place for all, and our young people have been learning how they can make a real difference to other people’s lives. We thank all our children, young people and their families for the tremendous support they give to us and to SCIAF throughout the year”.