Alva's £20k effort
ALVA Academy are once again the highest fundraising school in Britain for Macmillan Cancer Support after collecting a magnificent £20,000 from their coffee morning.
On Friday they smashed last year's total of £12,374.67 with a fun-filled event, featuring a bouncy castle, bungee run, tombola, raffle, book stall, home-made jewellery, guess the teddy's birthday, hula-hoop challenge, tarot booth and more cakes than you can possibly imagine.
The coffee morning was hosted by the sixth year pupils who spent weeks fundraising as well as donning fancy dress for the day.
In the run up to the day more than 300 pupils attended a band night, there was a highly competitive staff versus pupil football match and a registration class competition to fill coffee jars with loose change.
Sponsored events included a shark dive, a Ben Nevis climb and Ochil Hill run, a Glasgow to Edinburgh cycle, an abseil at Powmill, a crazy triathlon around Gartmorn Dam, an open water swim, an overnight lock-in at Megazone, Alva to Dunfermline cycles and a West Highland Way walk.
In total over 1000 miles have been walked, 3000 lengths of a 50m pool swam, 750 miles cycled and 101,450 feet climbed for this extremely worthwhile cause.
Headteacher Sharee MacKerron said, "We would like to thank Asda in Alloa for allowing us to bag pack, and Sterling Warehouse and the Cooperative stores in Alva, Tillicoultry and Dollar who let us collect in store. Thank you to every customer who donated over the past few weeks."
The charities committee, teachers Shiona Finn, Kirsty Bennie and David Clifford, would like to thank every pupil, teacher and member of the public who has taken part in a sponsored event or has donated their time or money so far.
Mrs MacKerron added, "It really does mean so much and makes a considerable difference to the lives of those affected by cancer.
"This is truly a monumental effort and it is incredibly heart warming to be part of a school which pulls together for such a worthwhile cause.
"As the new headteacher I've been inspired by the determination and outstanding personal achievements shown by our students across so varied challenges. I've seen feats of endurance and team spirit like no other. It is a testimony to their hard work."
This article appeared in Alloa & Hillfoots Advertiser 03 Oct 12
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