AN EXCELLENT fundraising effort by the staff and pupils of St Fergus’ Primary School in Paisley throughout Lent culminated recently with children presenting a cheque for more than £900 to 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 school assembly (above) and paid tribute to the efforts of the Catholic schoolchildren after the presentation.

“The generosity of Catholic schoolchildren towards Missio Scotland never fails to amaze me,” he said. “Huge credit must go to all the staff and pupils of St Fergus’ and I know that myself, everyone at Missio Scotland and people all over the world are very proud of their efforts and are extremely grateful to them for raising such a fantastic total.”

The primary school raised a grand total of £966.01 through their Lenten fundraising efforts, with £916.01 presented by the pupil council on the day and the remainder of the money—a £50 cheque—presented to Bishop John Keenan of Paisley at the school’s recent Primary 7 Confirmation Mass.

Primary 5/6 teacher Miss McCabe coordinated the programme of events with the pupil council. Together they arranged both a sponsored bounce and a hard-boiled Easter egg design competition.

Headteacher Mhairi McDonald expressed her gratitude to all those who helped raise the money, offering ‘a huge thank you and well done’ to everyone who took part and who supported the fundraising campaign.

The funds raised by St Mary’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.

PIC: PAUL McSHERRY