Big-hearted Greenock youngsters raise almost £400 for Pope's charity

St Andrew's Primary pupils raise almost £400 for Missio Scotland <i>(Image: George Munro)</i>
St Andrew's Primary pupils raise almost £400 for Missio Scotland (Image: George Munro)

COMPASSIONATE pupils at a Greenock school raised hundreds of pounds to help youngsters all over the world.

Boys and girls at St Andrew's Primary held a fundraising event to generate cash for Missio Scotland.

The charity, which is known as the Pope's charity, helps youngsters in need across the globe, and promotes the idea of 'children helping children'.

Pupils in P5 sold home baking, bric-a-brac, and toys in an event just before the Easter holidays, and their fundraising mission generated almost £400 for the cause.

Gerard Gough from Missio Scotland says the money will make a 'huge difference' to projects supported by the charity.

He added: "The generosity of the schools who support us never fails to amaze us.

"The money raised will make a real, tangible difference to the lives of children they will never meet.

"We can't always support all of the children financially but we can always support them spiritually.

"We want to say a big 'thank-you' to all of the young people and to everyone who donated."

Some of the projects Missio has been involved in include building a new school in Equador, providing medication and equipment for disabled children in Cameroon, and funding school lunches for youngsters in Sri Lanka.

The money raised by the youngsters will go straight into the Vatican fund.

Primary 5 teacher Colette Gisbey said the school was very proud of the youngsters' fundraising efforts.

She said: "We host a fundraiser every year and always give the money to Missio.

"All the money raised was generated by donations from the school community.

"It's a fantastic amount of money and everyone involved did a great job."