Together this Lent, ‘Let’s Play Cricket.’

Ajay is a cricket loving ten year old boy who lives in Sri Lanka. He and his family live on one of country’s many tea plantations. Life on the plantation is hard; the majority of workers live in poverty. Housing is inadequate, there is no running water, neighbours share an outside tap and toilet. Sickness is common, but there is no health centre on the estate and the nearest hospital is far away in town.

Thanks to support from Missio’s children’s branch, Mission Together, Sister Ruby (R.G.S.) brings nutrition and healthcare packs to the children and arranges for doctors and dentists to run clinics on the estate. The help Mission Together provides means Ajay and his friends can attend school regularly and enjoy playing their favourite game together – CRICKET!

Inspired by Ajay’s love of cricket, this year we are asking schools and parishes to arrange a sponsored cricket match to raise money for children like Ajay and his friends so that missionaries like Sister Ruby can continue to bring hope and health to the children living in poverty on the tea estates of Sri Lanka. Visit our Lent page to find out how you can get involved.

Each year Mission Together focuses attention on one of its many world-wide projects. Our 2018 Together in Sri Lanka campaign tells the true story of Ajay and Sr Ruby. Find out more and view resources on our Teacher’s Resources page

 

 

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Thia’s special fundraising efforts

Following Fr Tony Grace’s Mission Together presentation at St Gabriel’s Primary School, Alsger, class one pupil Thia was so moved she decided she wanted to do something.  Thia had heard Fr Tony speak about our current Sri Lanka campaign and didn’t feel it was fair that she had lots of things that other children did not. So she spoke to her mum about ways she might be able to raise money. They talked about sponsorships and about people doing things that they might not normally do and raising money by doing them.

Thia decided that making breakfast for her family and also helping the school cleaner, Diane, to clean the classrooms after school for two weeks would be a kind thing to do and something that would require extra effort. Thia’s family agreed to sponsor her and a few of the staff at school who noticed what Thia was doing, also decided to sponsor her. Diane very kindly took the time and effort to designate little tasks to Thia and was so impressed with her efforts that Diane decided to sponsor Thia too. At the end of her two weeks, Thia raised £19 for Mission Together and also added a personal contribution.  Her mum remarked;

‘This was such a valuable little experience for Thia, having a goal to raise money made her feel happy. She did something that she wouldn’t normally choose to do and did it day after day for two weeks, in the hope that she was helping others. Thia really hoped her money might help other children like her enjoy school too.’

Thia and her mum would like to thank Diane for giving her the chance to explore what it’s like to fundraise and for all who supported Thia in her efforts. Mission Together would like to echo this and send special thanks to Thia, for providing a wonderful example of the good that happens through ‘children helping children.’

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Lent resources 2018

Mission Together’s 2018 Lent resources help children understand the significance of this important season through accessible assemblies, activities, tasks and prayers.

Our two assemblies focus on how pupil’s Lenten promises can change lives and bring hope to children living in poverty around the world. Each assembly has an accompanying activity that demonstrates how, through their prayer and sharing, your pupils can be signs of hope to others this spring.

Our Lent Assemblies may be used alongside our 2018 project focus Together in Sri Lanka which can be found on the Teachers’ Resources page. This campaign tells the true story of Ajay, a cricket loving ten-year old boy living on a tea estate. Inspired by Ajay’s love of cricket, this year we are asking schools and parishes to arrange a sponsored cricket match to raise money for children like Ajay,

To view and download all our Lent resources visit our Lent page here.

 

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