Academy Stages Fundraiser To Help African Community
Students at St Aidan’s Church of England Academy in Darlington staged a fundraising week to raise money for African villagers in danger from contaminated water.
The students, from Cuthbert House at the Hundens Lane Academy, are raising money to purchase an Aquafilter, a pump that turns dirty water into drinking water without the use of electricity or chemicals.
The machine, which is supplied by the Safe Water Trust in Cleadon, South Tyneside, will be delivered to a community in Uganda.
John Griffiths, from the Trust, who visited the Academy to tell students how the machine works, said: “The Aquafilter removes biological contaminants from dirty water, making it safe to drink. “Having access to clean water is a key issue for so many villagers and in some cases the Aquafilter is a life-saver.
“There is a knock-on effect for education as well because if a large proportion of the children are ill with water-borne illnesses they miss out on school.”
Principal Alison Appleyard said: “The Academy has a long record of supporting causes in other countries and helping children gain access to clean water is one of the most important.”
Rev Sheilagh Williamson of St Columba's, Darlington who will be taking the water filters to Uganda in May said: "The students have raised over £300 for this worthy cause, enabling clean water to be accessed by a whole village. This means that water borne diseases which are a major threat to life for the young and old alike in these remote places are eliminated completely. I am thrilled with the work that has been done by the students and would like to thank them on behalf of the villagers of Uganda."