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Local pupils have raised £300 to help communities across the world grow enough food this Harvest.

St Marie’s Catholic Primary School, Sheffield shared a simple soup lunch and dressed in bright colours to Brighten Up the lives of children and young people across the world as part of a Harvest fundraising campaign by the Catholic aid agency CAFOD.

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“In addition to helping our friends universally, we are collecting tins of soup to donate to the Grace Foodbank in Sheffield,” said Bernadette Twomey, RE coordinator at St Marie’s.

CAFOD is working with communities in the South American country of Bolivia where, in the Altiplano region, nearly 60% of the rural population are living below the poverty line. Unpredictable rains and frequent hailstorms are destroying the crops which the communities rely on.

The charity’s partners are working to provide greenhouses to protect crops and train communities with new farming techniques to help them grow enough crops to feed their families. St Marie’s fundraising will enable CAFOD’s partners to continue working with communities like those in Bolivia.

CAFOD’s representative in Sheffield, Jenny Allen, said, “Harvest fast days are a great way of bringing people together and raising an incredible amount of money to help others, so we’d like to say a huge thanks to the pupils at St Marie’s for their generosity.

“Harvest is traditionally a time of abundance, where communities come together and share food. In this time of abundance, it is important that we remember those who are without food and join together, putting our faith into action to help create a fairer world.”

If you would like to donate to the CAFOD Harvest Appeal visit www.cafod.org.uk/harvest.