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Mango Tree Newsletter - September 2013 | PDF
The School has an impressive commitment to fundraising. The Charity Committee (a mixture of pupils and staff) co-ordinates activity, but everyone plays their part. To foster a spirit of active concern, we do not allow outside organisations simply to come in and ‘do’ charity events for us. Rather, we insist that every fundraising event is nominated and supported by a current member of the School.
Sometimes it is the whole School that contributes; at other times, a particular House, a small group of pupils, or even an individual will take the lead. There seems to be no limit to the ways that you can part people from their money: from the weekly Chapel Collection, through sponsored marathons, to concerts, cake sales, fashion shows or selling off the Pollies (prefects) to the highest bidder. Significant amounts of money are raised. We typically collect £25,000 or more in a year.
The charities supported by the School are many and varied. However, since 2002 Uppingham has had a particular link with The Mango Tree Orphan Support Programme, which helps children who have been orphaned by AIDS in Tanzania and Kenya. Set up by William Fulton (OU), his wife Gail and Bob Dowson (OU), this remarkable charity aims to fill the gap left by the loss of parents and give orphans the chance to build a self-sustainable and independent life for themselves.
Each of the fifteen boarding houses in the School is committed to raise a minimum of £750 a year for The Mango Tree, and many raise well in excess of this sum. Groups of Lower Sixth adventurers have visited the project in recent years to get hands-on experiences of its challenges and deepen their concern for the world beyond Uppingham. For some, the experience has been life-changing – which is exactly what a good education is all about.
As a result of the Friends of Uppingham (parents of OUs association) annual GAP Year Award, two leavers, Laragh O'Malley and Laura Wigan, are working with the Mango Tree in Kyela, Tanzania. Read their dispatches through the PDF link below. For more information about The Mango Tree Programme visit www.themangotree.org.
The Mango Tree ~ Laragh O'Malley and Laura Wigan | PDF
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