The A to Z of helping children

Mad hair days, World Cup cake sales, foreign coin collections, and Golden Jubilee days are among the many ways schools are raising money for the TES-UNICEF Children Helping Children appeal, writes Brendan O'Malley.

So far more than pound;114,000 has been raised to help schools in Afghanistan and many more schools are planning events in the last fortnight of summer term.

"Don't let up now," said Ted Wragg, professor of education at Exeter University who founded the appeal. "This is a great cause and a great time of year to get out and do something about it."

If you are stuck for ideas, take a look at The TES website ( which provides an A to Z of fundraising activities and reports on what schools up and down the country have done to help.

Henna-handpainting, T'ai chi demonstrations, and dressing up as fictional characters are some of the most imaginative ideas. Limehurst high school, Loughborough, raised pound;400 playing pin the tie on the deputy head.

On the website you can find downloadable A3 poster, an A4 children's leaflet and a series of photo information sheets showing life in Afghan schools, to hand out at your events. There is also a weekly children's newsletter, The Kite Flyer.

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