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As part of its 40th anniversary celebrations, All Saints Catholic High School in Sheffield has set itself a challenge to raise £40,000 for charity. One of the beneficiaries of this project will be a new school in the Catholic Diocese of Moshi in Kilimanjaro region of Tanzania – St Pamachius School.

Like All Saints, St Pamachius has a commitment to inclusive education and will cater for mainstream pupils as well as pupils with a wide variety of special educational needs. It is this shared goal that has led All Saints to choose to help St Pamachius develop into a school able to deliver quality education to all its pupils.

There is a longstanding relationship between the Diocese of Hallam and the Diocese of Moshi, which started in 2000 when Martin and Helen Desforges first went as Missionary volunteers to help start a Secondary Teacher Training College specialising in Science Teaching. In part thanks to support from the schools and parishes of the Diocese of Hallam over a 10 year period, the teachers’ college became a university college and then an independent university, Mwenge Catholic University with over 4000 students.

Once the university became self-sustaining, the focus of the link between Hallam and Moshi changed to help support the development of Diocese of Moshi secondary schools. All Saints will fund the shipment of a container to Tanzania full of desks, chairs, storage cupboards, filing cabinets, book cases, science equipment, text books, sports equipment and wheel chairs.  All these items, donated by several schools, including All Saints, will enable the school to open to its first pupils during 2017.  All Saints will also fund the purchasing of the container so that it will form a permanent and secure store at the school for sports and agricultural tools.

The container will be dispatched in early March, 2017, and there is still space for science, maths and geography text books, atlases, dictionaries, books for the school library, football boots and team shirts. If you think you may be able to contribute suitable items to go in the container, please contact Martin and Helen Desforges on 0114 2493691.

Donations towards this project and to the All Saints 40th Anniversary fund will be gratefully received at All Saints Catholic High School, Granville Road, Sheffield, S2 2RJ or by contacting 0114 272 4851.