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St Leonard’s is the Tops!


Des Timmons (Head Teacher), Rev’d Fr. Gerard Chromy (parish priest), George McAleenan (Let The Children Live!), Darren Rankin(Depute Head Boy), Amy McKenzie(Depute Head Girl)

The cheque you can see in the photo above brings the total raised by St Leonard’s RC Primary School in East Kilbride to an amazing £11,200! The school has been supporting the work of Let The Children Live! for some years now and has raised more for the charity than any other Scottish school! Below is a description of how this year’s money was raised:

“For the past few years Let The Children Live! has been the focus for Advent Fund-Raising in St Leonard’s Primary School, East Kilbride. This year the children were once again asked to put their Christmas Lists to one side for a few weeks and think about Fr Peter’s street-children in Medellín, Colombia, and how they could help give them a better Christmas.

The fund-raising started with a Saint Andrew’s Day Mass and Coffee Morning where families and friends were entertained with a concert party consisting of Tin Whistlers, School Choir and Scottish Country Dancers. Over the next few weeks the children raised money in their classes by holding raffles and cake and candy days. A special non-uniform day helped boost the funds and senior pupils, staff and parents took part in a bag-packing session at their local Sainsbury’s store while shoppers were treated to Christmas carols from the Saint Leonard’s School Choir.

At the school’s Christmas Holiday Mass, celebrated by Parish Priest and School Chaplain Fr Gerard Chromy, Depute Head Boy Darren Rankin and Depute Head Girl Amy McKenzie, presented a cheque for £1,200 to Mr George McAleenan from Let The Children Live! George thanked and praised the children for their outstanding efforts and told them that the school has now raised more than £11,000 over the years to help the street-children of Colombia.

Head teacher, Des Timmons, was very proud of the way the children had responded to the call to think of others during Advent and thanked the parents for their generous support of the children’s efforts.”

On behalf of our children we too send our warmest thanks and good wishes to the Head, Mr Des Timmons and to all the pupils, parents and staff.

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