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Highland Pupils Raise Money For Tsunami Victims (26/04/06)
Pupils at primary and secondary schools in the Highlands have raised £14,641.18 to help the region of Tamil Nadu in Southern India, which was devastated by the Asian tsunami on Boxing Day last year.
Last year, immediately following the disaster, all Highland schools were involved in raising money for the victims of the Asian tsunami. The successful Big Heart Day Highland 2005 raised over £65, 000 for the appeal.
This year, Bruce Robertson, Director of The Highland Council’s Education, Culture and Sport Service, asked schools to support another Big Heart Day, to mark the anniversary of last years event, and help support in rebuilding communities. Throughout February, schools across the Highlands came up with various imaginative fund raising events, including:
• RAINBOW DAY where pupils came to school wearing as many different colours as possible.
• CRAZY HEAD DAY where pupils and teachers wore face paints, funny hats and hair styles.
• RED HEART DAY where everyone wore red to school and made a giant heart out of the money donated.
• AEROBICS IN SILLY HATS where pupils had an aerobics lesson from a Ross County player
• HEART DAY where pupils made heart shaped things to sell.
Mr Robertson said: “Once again I’m delighted with the response for the Big Heart Day fund raising event. This year, some of the schools already had charity commitments and couldn’t take part, but this is a substantial total to raise. The money will be greatly appreciated by the people of Mallampuram in Tamil Nadu. It costs around £2500 to build a new family home in the region, so the money raised by Highland pupils could potentially build 5 or 6 family homes.”