In the last week of the summer term, two Nottinghamshire schools and two of our longest-standing supporters embraced lifted restrictions to learn about Guatemala and fundraise.
Lady Bay Primary organized a brightly coloured non-uniform extravaganza. The wonderful day of music, arts and celebration included Royal Birmingham Conservatoire’s Marimba players, Alex Henshaw and Nick Cowling who performed and led each year group in a 60-strong xylophone ensemble. The sunny event also included Rikki Thomas-Martínez from Latin band Mas Y Mas. Every child also made ‘Quetzal’ headdresses, the Guatemalan national bird famed for its incredible green and red plumage.
Later that week, The Rushcliffe School held their annual 'Esperanza Day'. Covid restrictions meant they were not able to have their normal school fair but they were determined to continue their unwavering Class Sponsor support. They fundraised by wearing the colours of the Guatemala flag and learned about The School of Hope through video and presentations.
And at the weekend longtime supporters, Vic & Marilyn Keyworth held their second annual KeyFest. Having volunteered at The School of Hope, their festival both fundraises for our students and spreads the word about the opportunities for volunteers and sponsors in Guatemala.
One benefit of being such a musical family is that booking bands to perform is not a problem! Vic took to the stage, on guitar and vocals, with their two sons featuring alongside. The sun shone with friends, neighbours and family enjoying the party and celebrating EFTC.
The events raised over £2,500. Every penny will be spent ensuring that students are able to access learning, food and social support as the pandemic continues to cause disruption in Guatemala.
A huge thank you to all of our Nottinghamshire supporters for a fabulous, fun-filled July.