At The Paragon, we want the children to feel part of their local community and engaged in the wider world. Our students enjoy fundraising for charities at home and overseas. The experience brings them into contact with people and ideas outside their day-to-day experience and they enjoy the continuing relationship they are able to build with individual charities. We believe that having a charity to support helps the children see themselves as global as well as local citizens.
In recent years we’ve raised thousands of pounds for projects in Uganda and Ethiopia as well as funding an extra care worker for a year on behalf of Children’s Hospice South West. Most recently, the school fundraised for The Lewis Moody Foundation, an organisation led by The Paragon's parents Annie and Lewis Moody. Over the two years we supported the charity, the school community raised over £16,000 to help support families affected by serious illness, offering days out and one-off experiences for sick children, their parents and siblings.
In September 2016, the children chose Save the Elephants as their next organisation to support for 2016-18. Founded in 1993 by Ian Douglas-Hamilton, it works to sustain elephant populations and preserve the habitats in which elephants are found, while at the same time fostering a heightened appreciation and visibility for elephants and their fragile existence.
The charity focuses on combining habitat protection, research, grass roots organization and involvement, and through disseminating information through television, films publications and new media sources. It has also been instrumental in helping to revitalize the African elephant population and in stopping the illegal ivory trade throughout the world.
We are delighted to be associated with Save the Elephants and look forward to sponsoring one of their projects.
The Staff Chosen Charity
In addition to supporting the children's chosen charity, The Paragon staff also fundraise for the teachers' chosen charity, the Charitable Foundation for the Education of Nepalese Children (CFENC).
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