The final week of the school year, when prize-givings and sports days are underway, is not the best time to arrange a last-minute fundraiser.
But nothing could get in the way of two 11-year-olds from Cottage Grove Primary, in Southsea, who were determined to help starving families in the Horn of Africa.
Head girl Chloe Andrews and Alisha Uddin, deputy head girl, were so shocked and moved by the news of the massive drought and famine they set about organising a cake stall and non-uniform day and raised more than £250.
Chloe says: ‘We realised the timing was pretty last-minute but we felt we had to do something.
‘In assembly our headteacher told us about the terrible situation in Africa and showed us pictures that had been in the news.
‘It made a lot of us realise just how lucky and privileged we are, when there are babies who are dying from starvation and diseases.
‘A lot of pupils came away from the assembly and said they’d like to try to help, so Alisha and I got things rolling as fast as we could.
‘We arranged a cake sale at sports day which raised about £50 and on the last day of school we organised a non-uniform day that made about £200.
‘I’m really delighted with what we achieved in such a short space of time.
‘Hopefully, our money will help save some lives or feed families.’
In total, Chloe and Alisha raised £252.67 that has been donated towards relief work in Africa.
Polly Honeychurch, headteacher, says: ‘I am very proud of Chloe and Alisha for taking the initiative to raise this money to help people in such great need.
‘It has been brilliant seeing the children respond to news from around the world and to realise there are many people who are less well off than they are.’
She adds: ‘Next term our new year six pupils will have a chance to apply for positions of head girl, deputy head girl, head boy and deputy head boy.
‘I look forward to seeing the lead that those children will take during the coming year.
‘I am sure they will be just as passionate and pro-active about things as Chloe and Alisha have been this year.’