A TRIP to Africa is another step closer for pupils at Catmose College after a successful fundraising event in Cutts Close, Oakham, on Sunday.
More than 500 people brought a picnic and sat and listened to four bands, took part in the fundraising raffle and some even had a go in a hot air balloon provided by Moore’s Estate Agents.
Next year 28 pupils from the school will travel to Eugemot in Ghana to help build an orphanage and install a clean and safe water supply to the village of 500 people.
They are having to fund the trip themselves and Live@ the Park was the latest of several things the pupils have done and are doing before they can set off on their adventure.
So far they have cut logs to sell as firewood, made bags out of recycled newspapers, made jewellery and written a rag mag.
Organiser of Live@ the Park Henry Toogood, 14, worked with the Live@ team from Rutland County Museum and arranged for four bands from the Rutland area to play throughout the afternoon.
Centre Excuse, folk group The Tin Pigeons and rock band Locked Out played during the afternoon and former Vale of Catmose College pupils Strike Up the Colours headlined the event.
The group managed to raise £500 through the raffle, with prizes donated by Rutland companies, which was organised by Joseph Miller.
The cost of the event was covered by Linden Homes which donated a cheque for £250.
The developer has built homes on the former Catmose College site in Cold Overton Road, Oakham.
Henry said: “On behalf of the pupils of Catmose College who organised the Live@ the Park event in Cutts Close, on Sunday I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who helped, supported us and attended.
“We had a fantastic day. Linden Homes presented us with a cheque for £250 to cover the cost of hiring in the PA system and the Moores Estate Agents balloon being flown in Cutts Close was a fantastic sight.
“The raffle raised more than £500 towards our expedition.”