Lifetime Communications Director William Bottomley and Social Media Manager Andrew Lodge were treated to a brilliant and passionate presentation from four Holy Trinity Year 10 students on Wednesday.
The enterprising quartet’, Jenny Baldwin, Niamh Wood, Luke Binney and Callum Bailey, were part of a 13-strong student group from the Carlton-based Barnsley school who spent a week last October in volunteering work with a Christian charity – Cry In The Dark – as part of their Archbishop of York’s Young Leaders Award.
During the week, the students carried out basic building work to lay out concrete paths for better access and to improve drainage for a Romanian family who benefit from being on Cry in the Dark’s community hospice programme.
They also visited a number of Romanian orphanages and returned to South Yorkshire determined to do as much as they can to not only help raise awareness of the awful plight and squalid conditions of some of those orphanages – but to also raise much-needed funds to transform lives.
As a result they have set up a fundraising initiative, ‘Revenue for Romania’, and produced a video (https://www.youtube.com/watch… …) as well as establishing Twitter (@ ) and Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Revenue-for-Romania/1529952340604534?fref=ts) pages. Please feel free to ‘follow’ and ‘like’ them!
The students also came up with a logo (see below) and website: revenueforromania.moonfruit.com
Said Jenny: “The trip was an amazing experience that opened my eyes to how fortunate I am compared to many people who live in appalling conditions only a few hours away from our doorsteps. I have also learnt that simple provisions can make a world of difference for some people.”
Steve Cooper, CEO of Cry in the Dark, said; “It’s been fantastic having the young people from Holy Trinity helping us.
“As a charity, we reach out to people who are marginalised by sickness, poverty, race, creed or culture. Our volunteer trips are a key part of our work and it’s always great to see young people grow in spiritual and personal development as they serve others.”