Headlines today often undervalue and undermine what our young people bring to our society and our world. However the girls of Notre Dame, Cobham, accept the challenge from St. Jeanne de Lestonnac to “give a helping hand” no matter how small, to go out of themselves and think of others.
Every year the Notre Dame Sixth Form students choose a charity and come up with various ideas for raising money for their chosen cause. Over the years the school has had a three-branched output for the funds raised. They are the International Charity of the Sisters of the Company of Mary Our Lady, the chosen charity and emergency fund.
For the school year 2010 – 2011, the girls chose YoungMinds and on Tuesday 15th November 2011 Mr Daryl Nicolas came to accept the cheque for £5,000. Over the year the girls also gave money to the Sisters working with the earthquake victims in Japan and the children in Africa. Money also went to the New Zealand earthquake victims and to the Arundel & Brighton Lourdes Pilgrimage Trust.
A sponsored swim, cake sales, mufti days and car washes are only some of the activities the girls organised throughout the year to raise the money. The girls grew in their awareness of the plight of others who are suffering and through their efforts have tried to give a “helping hand” to our world of today.
Daryl Nicholas of Young Minds, gratefully accepted the cheque from the Sixth Form team, Christopher Walker, Director of Fundraising at YoungMinds said “Five Thousand Pounds is outstanding. We are, quite frankly, rather bowled over. All of the money Noter Dame School raised will have a very real and immediate impact.”