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8 November 2011

CAVC students help raise over £2,000 to send African girl to school

Seven year-old Ba’ami living in The Gambia can now join her best friend in the classroom after students at Cardiff and Vale College helped the Cardiff & District Soroptimist International Club raise over £2,000 for Kotu Trust.

The funds were raised from a live charity concert which students at the College organised and hosted in collaboration with the Cardiff & District Soroptimist International Club, as part of their Welsh Baccalaureate qualification. The concert was held at The Parade Hall of the College with around 100 people in attendance. The amount raised for Kotu Trust will fund Ba’amis education up until the age of eighteen.  

Kotu Trust is a registered charity that sponsors children in The Gambia, giving them the chance of an education which their families are unable to afford. The A2 Intensive students of Cardiff and Vale College sponsored one child in particular, seven year-old Ba’ami. Her family were never fortunate enough to be able to afford the school tuition fees. Ba’ami has spent years watching and waving her best friend off to school, but now she’s finally able to join her friend at school all thanks to students at Cardiff and Vale College, Cardiff & District Soroptimist International Club and Kotu Trust.

Cathy Grove, Kotu Trust founder and President of the Cardiff & District Soroptimist International Club said, “The Cardiff and Vale College students really rose to the occasion - the professional job they did on the night, caring for the audience and raising funds, won them a lot of admirers. I am proud to have worked with them to put on such a successful event.”

There was a raffle on the evening and students sold home baked cakes to guests. There were performances by the Cardiff Sinfonietta, Castle Brass and The Nightingales with African drumming on the djembe from Michael Young-Temple and friends during the interval. 

A2 Intensive student Cloey Oldham, 18, from Rumney said, “We are all really pleased with how the event ran and how successful it was. Our grand total was amazing and we managed to exceed our target. We raised £281 from donations on the night and £95 from cake sales. On behalf of all the students in the A2 Intensive Welsh Baccalaureate class I'd like to thank Cathy Grove, The Soroptimists of Cardiff & District and Kotu Trust.”  

Course Tutor, Anthony Houlston-Clark said, The students will remember this experience for the rest of their lives. It is wonderful to celebrate success together and for the students to have learnt essential skills that they will bring to new experiences throughout their lives, which is one of the benefits of the Welsh Baccalaureate. It was amazing to see the confidence on the students faces when they realised what they achieved and worked hard together to accomplish.”

Cathy added,Soroptimist International Cardiff & District are delighted with the amount raised for Kotu Trust. Thanks to the generous support of performers, audience and helpers. This means that seven year-old Ba'ami's education will be paid for, and her family supported, right through the 12 years of schooling available to her in The Gambia.'

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