Anniversary Abaana Project Reaches Fund Raising Target
Almost the most important part of the school's anniversary year is its project in association with local Bangor charity, Abaana. During the summer, a group of boys and staff will be travelling out to Uganda to help build a primary school about 20 miles north of Kampala. In this way, an enduring legacy of the celebrations will be left in the form of the generations of Ugandan children whose education will be enhanced by this new school. It is a way of giving thanks in a practical form for 150 years of Bangor Grammar School by giving opportunities to disadvantaged children. In the words of Scott Baxter of Abaana, "Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; give a man a net and you feed him for a lifetime".
All members of the work party are financing themselves, but the school community undertook to raise £16,000 for building materials. Through the school's sponsored walk and a fast undertaken by senior boys during the Christmas holidays, £8,597.43 was raised. The Concert Band by its own efforts at the school's carol services and its concerts in the Bloomfield's Centre raised £3,594.55, which was presented to Scott Baxter at the Spring Concert last week. Collections at the Anniversary Church Service in February and at the Anniversary Celebration Dinner a fortnight ago raised a further £3,691.65. Approaching the end of term, we realised that we were within touching distance of the target. At the non-denominational end of term service, which took place in Hamilton Road Presbyterian Church on Friday 30 March, the boys were asked to give what they could, whether pennies or pounds, as they went out. Togther they gave just over £470 (the precise amount to be confirmed). This brings the total so far to £16,353.63, a splendid effort, when one bears in mind that the school is continuing to meet its usual commitments to a range of other local and national charities.
Well done to everyone who contributed to this total.