Roedean girls kick off Moldova orphanage fundraising with colour run

Posted: 16th November 2023

A BRIGHTON school launched its campaign to financially support an Moldovan orphanage in a blaze of crimson, yellow and aquamarine when it held a charity colour run.

Pupils at Roedean were marking the beginning of their Project 125 Moldova campaign which will see the school raising £5000 a year to send to Curcubeul Speranţei orphanage (the name means Rainbow of Hope) in Vadul lui Vodă to help with its annual running costs.

Earlier in the year, girls from the school travelled to Moldova to help teach English to underprivileged children and Ukrainian refugees, and, as part of the trip, they visited Curcubeul Speranţei orphanage.

The trip was facilitated by NGO Hope4, which is known for its effective response to the Ukraine humanitarian crisis. It was one of the first NGOs on the ground in Moldova, providing life-changing support to the thousands of women and children flooding across the border.

Roedean deputy head Dr Ross Barrand, who led the trip, said everyone was deeply moved by the experience and pledged to help with the running costs in any way they could. The campaign was thought up soon afterwards.

Said Dr Barrand: “The visit to the orphanage had such a profound impact on the students who visited Moldova, and we are now pledging to raise £5000 towards its running costs each year for the next decade. The enduring and sustainable nature of this support will have a huge impact, and it is a privilege to be part of such a transformational project.”

He added: “The Moldova Splash, our charity colour run, which raised £400, was a riot of coloured paint, a bit of running, mostly to escape people wielding handfuls of paint, rather than around the track, and loads of laughter, and it will be the first of many events to raise the money.”

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