In anticipation of an upcoming charity expedition to Namibia, students, staff and parents from ACS Cobham recently enjoyed an evening of charity fundraising.
The Night for Namibia brought together over 140 teachers, families and members of the ACS International School community. The evening featured live and silent auctions and a three-course dinner, raising over £65,000 for Dr. Alpos Mauno Mbamba Secondary School and Kutenhoas Primary School as part of the school’s ‘Namibia Project’.
The ACS Namibia Project has been supporting schools in Namibia since 1999, building long-lasting partnerships. The funds raised at the Night for Namibia will go towards project work at the partner schools, including developing the educational programmes and updating the school library.
The team has also set aside some of the funds raised to help provide university scholarships for students from Dr Alpos school who visited ACS last year, as well as a new boarding house for Kutenhoas Primary School.
In preparation for the evening, the Namibia Project team, made up of 18 students aged 16 to 17, collected 10 live auction items and 50 silent auction items for guests to bid on, including a signed Chelsea Football Club shirt.
Tasha Arnold, Coordinator of the ACS Namibia Project, commented:
“The students worked hard to organise this impressive event, deliver speeches and educate guests on the Namibia Project and did a fantastic job - the evening was a huge success. We are all thrilled with how much was raised for our partner schools in Namibia and are now looking forward to the trip!
“With the amazing generosity and support of our school community, they have ensured our collaboration with our Namibian partner schools can continue.”
The expedition, taking place next month, will see the 18 ACS Cobham students travel to Namibia to participate in community projects with the schools, including donating sports equipment and musical instruments, developing subsistence farming in the school gardens and compiling and carrying out a consensus of the Kutenhoas community for future community projects.
Article supplied by Helena Byrne