Pupils aged four to 18 joined together for Newquay’s 23rd annual Schools’ Christmas Concert raising their voices for people in poverty around the world, including those caught up in the worst global displacement crisis of our time.
Infant, primary and secondary schools in the area came together to raise funds for Christian Aid’s #LighttheWay appeal which is highlighting the plight of the world’s 65million people forced by conflict and crisis to leave their homes behind.
Pupils from Newquay Tretherras School, Treviglas Community College, The Bishops Church of England Learning Academy, Trenance Learning Academy and St Columb Minor Academy literally dazzled and shone as they raised £600 in the concert organised by Newquay’s Christian Aid Group. The funds raised will be used to fund food and hygiene kits for Syrian refugees who have fled to Serbia and beds and counselling for survivors of violence in the DRC.
Pupils’ families and friends were joined by special guests Steve Double MP and Newquay Mayor Carl Leadbetter. After the concert many students and their families chose to sign a 4 foot Christmas card, asking Theresa May to give due consider to the language being used in relation to the global refugee situation and to remember our proud national heritage, of being prepared to welcome those in desperate need.
Rosemary Pritchard, the Christian Aid organiser for Newquay said: “Home life takes on an extra special significance at Christmas time but for the 65 million people who are escaping danger and insecurity, the comfort of home is a distant memory.
“Christian Aid was founded 70 years ago to support refugees in the wake of the Second World War, and continues to support those searching for safety today, including people from not only the war-torn nations that we hear about on the news such as Syria and Iraq but also countries such as South Sudan, DRC and Nigeria.”
Christian Aid’s regional coordinator for Cornwall Chris Jadav said: “We are delighted that the school community in Newquay offered this wonderful opportunity for people to not only celebrate Christmas and local talent but also remember the millions of children, mothers and fathers currently fleeing from conflict, who are less fortunate than ourselves – those who are lonely, desperate and without their family by their side.
“We may never be touched by the same desperation or fear of violence. But the same sun warms us, the same stars guide us, and the same light can bring us each out of darkness.
“This Christmas, another human being needs a beacon of hope. All of us can help light the way towards a brighter future – please do consider if you can help support the appeal.”
To learn more about #LighttheWay or to donate visit www.christianaid.org.uk/christmas-appeal