Year 8 pupils showed Home Alone over two lunchtimes this week in the Raymond Chandler Library to raise money for our charity partner, Save the Children.
One of the most heartening aspects of charitable fundraising at the College is the commitment and initiative shown by the boys themselves. In recent years they have organised numerous events including sports tournaments, talent shows, ‘bake-off’ style competitions and sponsored events. Most years the boys’ charity fund-raising efforts raise over £30,000 for good causes.
The College supports many local charities with direct links to current pupils and staff including St Christopher’s Hospice, Macmillan, Papyrus, Shelter and the Hollington Club - a youth club situated in a deprived area of Camberwell which was originally founded by the College and continues to attract the support of Old Alleynians as well as our Community Action team.
Charity might begin at home, but as a diverse and multi-cultural community we also look further afield. We have in recent years supported Tackle Africa, Water Aid and Amnesty International. The growth of our international schools has enabled us to support charities in their countries too for example in 2017 the College will be supporting a number of charities that work in Myanmar.
Our charity work has an obvious benefit to the community, raises the boys’ awareness of the needs of those around them and encourages them to develop as considerate citizens with a strong sense of their responsibility in society.
This half term I cycled the length of Israel for the charity Norwood, who provide phenomenal care to people with physical and learning difficulties (such as autism) and their families.
Fourteen Upper School boys travelled to Uganda in October half term on an inaugural service trip.