Wisbech pupils creating change - one goat at a time

Promoting the new fundraiser at the Thomas Clarkson Academy are, from left, head girl Beth Keeley, sixth form student Abbie Murray and student Alicia Baghdouyan.
Promoting the new fundraiser at the Thomas Clarkson Academy are, from left, head girl Beth Keeley, sixth form student Abbie Murray and student Alicia Baghdouyan.

Staff and students at Wisbech’s Thomas Clarkson Academy are donating their loose change in a new fundraising venture to help families in the developing world.

The academy’s social action group #bethechange is calling on fellow students and staff to dig deep in their pockets to support the cause We Create Change, which buys goats for women across the world.

They will be able to use the animals to provide a second income for their families, by selling things such as milk and cheese.

Each tutor group has a cash collecting bag and there will be a totaliser in the library. The aim is to raise £3,000, which will buy 100 goats.

Teacher Ben Arrowsmith, who co-ordinates the student group, said: “We Create Change is an empowerment campaign about collecting as much loose change as possible to buy goats for impoverished women around the world or build schools for children in countries where education is not necessarily the best. The goats will act as a second income to allow them to sell the milk, create cheese to then sell, which then allows them to send their children to school to enhance their futures.”