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Rogart pupils to spend weekend washing cars as part of fundraising Schools Challenge competition


By Caroline McMorran

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Enterprising pupils at Rogart Primary School will be washing cars tomorrow and Sunday as part of a drive to make as much money as possible before a deadline of noon on Thursday, October 8.

The school is one of the finalists in Moray Firth Radio’s Cash for Kids Schools Challenge and is the only educational establishment north of Invergordon to be selected to take part.

The initiative involves ten schools competing to make as much money for themselves as possible in two weeks with the chance to win extra funds from Cash for Kids.

Rogart Primary School pupils will be rolling up their sleeves this weekend and taking part in a car wash.
Rogart Primary School pupils will be rolling up their sleeves this weekend and taking part in a car wash.

Rogart, which has a roll of just 25 pupils, is one of the smallest schools involved and is facing stiff competition from much bigger educational establishments.

The school that raises the most will be awarded £3000 on top of what they have already raised whereas the runner-up will receive £2000 and thor placed £1000.

Rogart teacher Ann McInnes said the school had been unable to hold traditional fundraisers such as ceilidhs and coffee mornings because of Covid-19.

However, pupils have been extremely creative in coming up with a range of money making ideas.

“There is a raffle in the shop and an art auction with gorgeous photos by Naimh Ross,” said Mrs McInnes. “We are also doing a sponsored walk in the hills around Rogart dressed as stags.

“Primary six pupil Julie Ross raised £250 through a sponsored cycle ride last weekend.”

And tomorrow pupils will be rolling up their sleeves and getting down to work washing cars and trucks at the village hall car park from 11am to 4pm. The cost will be £5 for a car and £8 for a truck.

Teachers at the school have already stumped up to have their cars washed and say it was worth every penny.

“My muddy truck hasn’t looked so clean in years,” said Mrs McInnes.

She is also urging people to make a donation to the school and help it win the competition. Donations can be made here.

Mrs McInnes said: “Any funds people could manage to spare to help this week Sutherland school win the competition which covers the entire Moray Firth area would be fantastic.”

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