Smile Malawi Founder Visits Vandyke

Published on 12 December 2016

Smile Malawi Founder Visits Vandyke

Sixth Form students were delighted recently when Elspeth Baeke, the founder of Smile Malawi, a Charity that rescues vulnerable, orphaned children in Malawi and provides them with a home and  education revisited Vandyke to give students an update on the work of the organisation.

Vandyke students have raised thousands of pounds in the last 10 years to support the charity and Elspeth was astonished and delighted again with this year’s total of £2,600.  Elspeth explained that the money would be used to sponsor the education of some of the older children at the orphanage and reminded students that in the past, Vandyke student fundraising had saved the life of one of the children who needed a serious heart operation.

Director of Sixth Form, Mr Downey, was full of praise for the students. “They worked so hard, planned so well and delivered some excellent fundraising events. To raise such a large amount of money in such a short period of time is a fantastic achievement.  We are really proud of all of them.” 

He also paid tribute to the large number of staff who joined in throughout the week. “It was really great to see so many staff who were willing to contribute in all sorts of ways.  It was a special atmosphere; staff and students having fun  together, raising money for a very important cause but remaining focused at the same time on the important business of teaching and learning.  It was a great week and one which epitomised the huge strengths of our school community”