AN ‘INSPIRING’ Malvern youngster who learned about a devastating cyclone in Myanmar has helped raise more than £600 for the cause.
Sam Richardson was keen to make a difference after he heard about a young boy from the Asian country whose village was destroyed by the natural disaster and about other people his age who struggle with day-to-day life.
The eight-year-old encouraged parishioners at St Josephs Parish in Malvern to clear out their cupboards and sell the items at his bring and buy sale to raise money for CAFOD’s, the Catholic aid agency for England and Wales, Lent appeal.
This year, CAFOD’s appeal has focused on supporting people affected by weather-related disasters around the world.
Sam said: “I decided I wanted to help people like one of the boys I learnt about at church who carries water just to stay alive every day. So I ran a stall after every mass one weekend with help from my friends at St Joseph’s.
“People were really generous and my grandma and my best friend’s dad also baked lots of cakes, which sold really well.”
A total of £324 was raised from the sale, which included exotic pottery, scarfs and an ice crusher, and that money will be doubled after CAFOD was awarded UK Aid Match funding for their Lent appeal.
This means the Government will now match pound for pound every donation given during this time, up to the value of £5million.
Sam’s parents Lucy and Keith added: “We are incredibly proud of Sam. No one anticipated he would raise so much and we are delighted this money will be matched by the UK Government.”
Abigail McMillan, CAFOD’s manager for Worcestershire, said: “It is so inspiring to hear the effort Sam has gone to so he can help others. A big thank you to Sam, St Joseph’s and everyone in Worcestershire who has joined in and cut something out or doubled their efforts in order to support others experiencing hardship due to weather related disasters.”
CAFOD helps communities in countries across Asia, Africa and Latin America when natural disasters strike and supports people to rebuild their lives.