Earlier this week we were delighted to present a cheque for almost £13,500 to our elected charity of the past year, Malaria No More.
Alex Carter, an Old Dauntseian who contracted a near fatal strain of malaria in 2008, and is a champion of the charity, collected the cheque and spoke a few words to the school about how the money raised will help in the continued battle to prevent, treat and diagnose malaria.
Much of this total raised came from sponsorship of those pupils who took part in the gruelling Devizes to Westminster canoe race over the last Easter weekend. The remainder of the money was raised through a series of events at Dauntsey’s, including the school swimathon where students swam a total of 186 miles.
Malaria No More
Each September, the entire school community votes to adopt a charity for the forthcoming academic year. For the 2015/16 academic year, Dauntsey’s selected to support ‘Malaria No More’, a UK-based charity determined to end the world’s oldest killer disease and stop children dying from malaria. It campaigns in the UK for support and funds malaria programmes in Africa that help prevent, diagnose and treat malaria.
We are currently in the process of choosing this year’s local charity, with a short list comprised of Wiltshire Air Ambulance, Rowdeford School and Julia’s House, Devizes.