Teachers from QEGS Penrith recently put on their dancing shoes in aid of charity, when staff from numerous departments entertained pupils by performing routines to popular songs including ‘YMCA’ and ‘Gangnam Style’. The teachers, complete with impressive fancy dress, were attempting to impress the crowd of students who would make the decision on who would win.
The money raised will be used by the Uganda Club, a successful school organisation run by Sixth Form students. Steph Oliphant, one of the organisers of the event, was delighted with the success of the dance-off. “Uganda club organisors are delighted at the support we received from the teachers and are very proud of the success of the dance event. We would like to say thank you once again to everyone who was involved” she said.
The event raised £250 in total for Bupadhengo Secondary School. As recently as 2004 the school had just six students who were taught under a tree. Now, there is a bustling community of over 400 children all being taught in school buildings. The money raised from the dance-off will be spent on furniture for the school.
Krista Roze, a member of the Uganda Club, was pleased with the outcome. “It was a fun way to raise money for our partner school and I was pleased with how enthusiastically the students gave to the cause. To raise £250 was a fantastic achievement.”
Two years ago the school sent a container including books and musical instruments to their partner school. QEGS Uganda club are constantly looking for ways to fundraise and help improve the lives of the school children in Bupadhengo and the club is always actively seeking new members.