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Supporting the Philippines: Skippers Hill’s ‘River of Silver’

Posted: 22nd November 2013

Skippers Hill has created a ‘River of Silver’ to raise over £1,000 for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan.  The initiative is the inspiration of James Burke,  who was holding a business conference in the Philippines when the typhoon struck.  He was part of an immediate relief effort organised by the hotel where he was staying.

James commented: “It was extremely hard to fathom first-hand the scenes of devastation caused by the storm. We were all part of an initial relief effort coordinated by the hotel that involved putting together food parcels to provide for 2,000 families in the surrounding areas.”

Humbled by his experience, James, who has two children at Skippers Hill Manor, felt compelled to tell his story to its 160 pupils and held a special assembly last Friday. 

You can read his assembly to the children at Skippers here.

Inspired by his story, the children undertook their own fundraising effort by creating a ‘River of Silver’- a line of silver coins connecting one classroom to the next all the way through the school.  All monies raised will be put into a special fund set up to buy more supplies for those affected and that involves no administration costs or ‘red tape’. 

Headmaster, Tim Lewis said: “We are so grateful to James for taking the time to talk to the pupils of his experience. It is important children are given an honest account of worldwide affairs and crises. Encouraging them to fundraise and making them realise they are able to help is an invaluable lesson in life.”

Watch a video of a pupil talking about the River of Silver initiative, below:

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