A COFFEE morning held by the pupils of St Angela’s Primary School in Darnley during Lent did more than a FairTrade as they raised £600 for Missio Scotland.

Gerard Gough, communications officer for Missio Scotland, the Scottish branch of the Pontifical Mission Societies (PMS)—Pope Francis’ own charity and official mission aid agency of the Catholic Church—was on hand to accept the cheque at a recent assembly (above), at which the children who form part of the school’s FairTrade Committee, gave a fantastic PowerPoint presentation to showcase their work on the day. The presentation featured pictures of the pupils­—including a host of entertaining selfies—as they served eager customers on the day of the event.

The coffee morning—which also hosted raffles—was planned and organised by the pupils themselves and it was they who specifically chose Missio Scotland to receive the grand total. A tie in with an organisation is a required part of the criteria of working towards achieving FairTrade status for the school and thus Missio Scotland were the grateful beneficiaries of the pupils’ fantastic efforts.

“The school has been working towards achieving FairTrade status for the past couple of years and part of the criteria of that is to establish ties with a partner organisation,” teacher Margaret Higgins said. “The children on the school’s FairTrade committee themselves chose to raise the money for Missio Scotland due to its strong relationship with primary schools. They then explained what the event was all about and also helped to raise awareness throughout the school about the charity’s work via assemblies prior to the coffee morning itself.

“The children have been fantastic and we are blessed with really supportive parents too, which help to make these events a success. To have raised the money they did through a single event is a phenomenal effort and we’re all very proud of them.”

The funds raised by St Angela’s will go to the Missionary Children branch of the PMS, the Church’s Mission Charity for children. In Scotland, it works in tandem with Catholic Primary Schools and asks children to do two things every day: Pray for the children in mission areas of the world and donate a small coin. Missionary Children joins with children all over the world to help some of the poorest children in the world, children of all faiths or none and also seeks to develop young people and prepare them as the missionaries of the future. Its funds help to: Build clinics, supply medicines and nutritional help, support education projects for children (building, funding and supplying schools). The donations help to develop a child both in an educational and spiritual sense.