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Charity committee raise over £78,000 for Centrepoint

Thursday, 21 September 2017

This year, we have been supporting the charity Centrepoint and the boys have raised an impressive amount of money by putting on numerous fundraising events. Abe, the pupil chairman of the Charity committee has written about his highlights from this past year.

"This conclusion of the CLS charity year has culminated in the charity cheque presentation assembly. The CLS charity appeal raised a staggering £78,079.06 for Centrepoint, over the 2016/17 year. The incredible total is a testament to the hard work and dedication of boys, staff and parents at CLS. It is a privilege to be a part of a school where the value of charity is so key, and something that boys always want to be a part of. Charity epitomises the ethos of City of London School, empowering us so that we may play a role in improving society.

Centrepoint is the leading charity working to combat the problem of youth homelessness. Through the money raised by the CLS, it will help give young homeless people a positive and independent future away from the streets. Not only that, but we have raised awareness about youth homelessness through supporting Centrepoint. Through gaining insight into the issue, came a desire to bring about change - and the amount of money raised shows how young people at CLS can, and have effected change in society.

There are also many people who played a huge role in this tremendous total. Miss Low, as charity co-ordinator, was integral to the year’s success, giving up so much of her time to the charity appeal. A massive part of this year’s success is down to the charity committee, who have been incredible - taking time out of their A-level studies to ensure every event was successful. In addition, an enormous thank you goes to all the members of staff who put in so much effort to the school’s charity, from the work of form tutors to those members of staff who gave Cit-ed talks, ran and assisted with events and helped facilitate every aspect of the charity appeal.

There have been innumerable highlights of this charity year so I will just pick a few of my favourites. UniverCity Challenge, organised by Mrs Murphy, was a massive hit with boys and staff alike, while the Cit-ed talks put on by CLS staff were extremely popular. The sponsored row lived up to its hype, raising an incredible £11,000 for Centrepoint! For this we have to thank the 30 boys who stayed over at school, rowing through the night.

My personal highlight was the sponsored sleepout. I was yet again astounded, that when the charity committee asked you to swap your beds for the courtyard floor, give up warmth and comfort, over 100 agreed to take on the challenge. This is a true testament to the generosity of CLS boys and to the great school we are lucky to attend. Although it was just a small stepping stone in the ongoing fight against youth homelessness, together we raised awareness and funds to help combat the issue.

The two annual trophies were also awarded to the individual and form who raised the most money for the charity appeal. Dan raised the most money as individual still at the school, over £1,500 by running a tombola and raffle at a village fayre - giving up his holidays to do so. 3A collectively raised the most money as a form - much in part due to the efforts of the string quartet (half of whom are in 3A) who busked so successfully last year. Huge congratulations must go to both, but also to all those who contributed this year.

The charity appeal at CLS will inevitably continue to flourish, as it goes from strength to strength. In a mere four days, the new charity appeal will be launched and a new incredible cause will be chosen by boys and staff for CLS to support. It has been a huge privilege to serve the School as Chair and I wish next year's committee every success."


The CLS charity appeal raised a staggering £78,079.06 for Centrepoint.
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