A FANTASTIC whole school effort at St Martha’s Primary in Balornock helped to raise £210 recently 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 he gave a history of the organisation, explained what it means to be a missionary and gave concrete examples of some of those people worldwide who have been the beneficiaries of funds raised for the charity.

The children, together with their class teachers decided how each individual class would raise money. The fundraising events included: Primary 1A holding an Easter Craft Day. Primary 1B taking part in a Mile-a-thon; Primaries 2 and 4 getting active with a Zumba-thon and taking part in a Karaoke and Crazy Clothes Day; Primary 3 holding a Fun Day; Primary 5 taking part in a Crazy Hair Day; Primary holding a Missio Colours Day and making class collection boxes; and Primary 7 enjoying a Non-Uniform Day.

“All parents, pupils and staff collectively embraced the message of Missio Scotland through their dedicated fundraising with plenty of fun,” John O’Donnell, headteacher of St Martha’s, said.

The funds raised by St Martha’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.