Christmas Jumper Day 2018 is set for Friday 14thDecember. Thousands of people up and down the country will don their Christmas jumpers for a fantastic cause – to create a better, brighter future for vulnerable children around the world. We signed up for the annual event a few weeks back and are delighted to have now received our welcome pack from Save The Children.
Make the world better with a sweater!
Save The Children UK works to support children living in some of the poorest places across the globe. Just £2 could pay for the antibiotics needed to treat 5 children suffering from pneumonia, so it’s incredible to think what can be achieved from the country as a whole. And just by wearing a sweater, we can help children to not only survive, but to thrive!
Sammy, aged 9 from Rwanda, has benefitted from the organisations ‘Let’s Read’ club, which helps to ensure that all children leave school with the ability to read. Save the Children supports Rwandan publishers, writers and illustrators to create engaging, educational titles in Kinyarwanda– Sammy’s first language.
“The teachers say it’s a shame to see a grown-up who is given a book and can’t read. To get a job, you need to read and write,” Sammy explains.
“I learned to read by going to the reading club,” he goes on to say. “Now I help some friends in school. When they don’t understand, I help them if I can.”
Alongside ‘Let’s Read’, Save the Children has been training teachers to set up book banks and use reading materials effectively as part of their lessons. In 2017, the charities educational programmes extended to 842,000 children, meaning more children experienced life-changing opportunities. The power of education has helped the 124 million children worldwide that have either never previously started school or dropped out.
Employees happy to take part will donate £2 to Save The Children. It can be any sort of Christmas jumper, from glitzy to ‘bauble-y’, so we’re looking forward to seeing what we can come up with. Last year we managed to raise £32.80, so we’re hoping to do even better this time around!