HERE’S TO COULSDON!
Our day began outside a wet Herne Hill train station. Victoria and I (Rich) were on our way to meet students and teachers from the Oasis Academy in Coulsdon, Surrey. The school’s students had successfully hosted a number of chocolate fondue parties (much to the despair of the PE teacher and delight of the Home Economics teacher!).
As well as hosting fondue parties to raise money and awareness, some students organised unique fundraising activities. These included a sponsored silence (must have been bliss for the teachers!) and (despite strange worried looks from local residents) a sponsored pyjama day.
In total a staggering £575.39 was raised for STOP THE TRAFFIK. This simply had to be congratulated in person.
After arriving at Coulsdon South train station, we made the 40 minute UPHILL journey by foot, to the school. The school is located in a leafy suburb of Surrey, what a great teaching environment, lucky kids! Lots of green open spaces to work off all the chocolate!
We were shown around the school by the excellent Mrs Butcher. We were mightily impressed by all the facilities the school had on offer and the politeness of the students, especially the year 9 students who raised the most money.
The cheque was presented to us at the end of the year 9 assembly, this gave us a chance to thank everyone involved and express our deepest gratitude. A special mention must go out to year 9 student Bethany Frost, who single handedly raised over £100.
The school also recently held a sponsored swimathon – the aim was for 10 students and 4 teachers to swim as many lengths as humanly possible. If they swam as well as they ate chocolate STOP THE TRAFFIK are in for a real treat! Watch this space.
We left the school with the realisation that STOP THE TRAFFIK are equipped with a vast array of talented individuals. An inspiration to us all.
A huge thank you to EVERYONE who took part and the three fabulous girls (Anneka Nevin, Sophie Williams and Rochelle Reid) who are driving STOP THE TRAFFIK into the future.