Fundraising for Inspire Malawi

Inspire Malawi

Inspire Malawi has for several years now been a great source of inspiration to our Sixth Formers. What started out as a bi-annual mission to raise £10,000 has now become an annual event with students working tirelessly to raise the funds required to make the expedition possible.

Founded in 2003 by Old Stortfordian Michelle Rowe, the charity now leads parties of volunteers to some of the poorest regions in Malawi to build, repair and redecorate schools. The work our students and Inspire Malawi do will transform both the schools and thus the education of the local children making a fundamental difference to their future prospects.

In April 12 students will travel to Malawi where they will help to renovate two schools; one in the village of Mlanda, and the other in the Banda village. The Sixth Formers will be painting classrooms, assisting in the building of a toilet block and helping to rebuild another school that recently burned down. Their target of £10,000 will go towards the cost of the works.

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As part of their efforts ahead of the Easter expedition the team have organised a number of fundraising activities, including a great fun Burns Night supper in January, which raised just over £3,000. So far, fundraising has included an eBay auction, supermarket bag packing, a sponsored swim, a sponsored run, a 2017 calendar with photos taken by pupils and sales of honey from the College bees which means they are well on their way to achieving their target.

They have also designed and commissioned a Card Pack - 5 with no greeting and 5 with a Christmas message. Our thanks to Ian Taylor the College Photographer for donating the campus image and to Purbrooks who kindly printed them charge free of charge. The cards, sold in packs of 10 (5 of each design) are available from Reception. All proceeds will go to the 2017 expedition fund.

Burns Night Pupils with Mrs Lynch

Malawi Christmas Card Malawi Christmas Card Credit Ian Taylor