Go On A Big Picnic and Send A Cow

by Gerry Lynch last modified 22 Apr, 2015 01:07 PM

Charity asks primary schools to organise picnics to send cows to Africa on June 19

The charity Send a Cow is encouraging primary schools and families to take part in its Big Picnic on Friday 19 June. The aim is to raise enough money to buy a local cow for a family in Africa.

To support the Big Picnic and help children learn about global issues, the Send a Cow Education team have created some fantastic materials including RE and literacy resources based on the Feeding of the 5,000 and a maths resource which teaches youngsters about the cost of living and uses the principles of sharing to teach multiplication. There is also information for a special assembly and a teachers’ fundraising pack.

Send a Cow suggests 19 June for the Big Picnic as it’s near the longest day of the year. Schools host the picnic in their grounds and families come along at the end of the school day with enough food for themselves and to share.

Each family is charged an entrance fee to raise funds for an African cow, which costs £205 to source and deliver to farming families working their way out of poverty.

“The idea behind our Big Picnic is for children to have fun while learning about global issues. Involving them in fundraising for a local cow also means they can see a tangible result which is going to help poor families in Africa,” says Ann Hatton, Send a Cow’s Development Education Executive.

Bishop Nicholas said, “Having looked at the resources and knowing the work of the charity, I fully endorse this project. I encourage you all to get involved and see how many cows our diocese can send to Africa.”

Send a Cow is an international development organisation which aims to give communities and families in Africa the hope and the means to secure their own futures.

Send a Cow’s Development Education is one of the UK’s leading providers of global education. It seeks to educate children on poverty and sustainability issues, and reaches 1.8 million children through our Lessons from Africa website: www.sendacow.org.uk/lessonsfromafrica/thebigpicnic/thebigpicnic

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