In July 2016, 24 adults and young people from St John’s will be travelling to Uganda with International Needs to help serve in the community of Buiwke. Many of the villages surrounding the school in Buiwke have little access to a clean supply of water which has obvious implications for peoples health and general well being. One of St John’s hopes and prayers is that the Burscough community will be able to twin with a rural community in Uganda and provide a well there. Burscough Outreach Trust have already made a contribution to start drilling at the well site. We now need to raise £5,000 to complete this project.
As part of the harvest appeal we helped to raise some funds for this project. On Thursday 8th October children came to school in non-uniform and took part in a range of activities on the school playground during the afternoon including the wishing well coin toss, water relay, diving for hidden gems and water balloon relay. The children's favourite seemed to be the ‘soak the teacher’ station! We also took time to think of the people in Uganda we were helping by writing prayers in our outdoor classroom. Everyone seemed to have a fun afternoon (except the wet teachers!) and we raised a grand total of £289. In our harvest service at St John’s church on Friday 9th October children shared their research on the country of Uganda and the differences between life there and in the UK. The importance of raising money to provide clean water was also highlighted. We would like to thank everyone for their support and kind donations for the harvest appeal.
A video of the afternoon can be found on the Y6 web page: