School flash mob’s aid for Africa

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SHOPPERS were caught by surprise as a group of students burst on to the streets of Portsmouth to perform their own ‘flash mob’ scene.

Pupils from Oaklands Catholic School in Waterlooville appeared in Commercial Road to try to raise money to help people living in African slums.

Some of the pupils at Oaklands Catholic School at Waterlooville who took part in the   'Flash Mob' in Commercial Road Portsmouth ''Picture: Malcolm Wells (1366-3611)

Some of the pupils at Oaklands Catholic School at Waterlooville who took part in the 'Flash Mob' in Commercial Road Portsmouth ''Picture: Malcolm Wells (1366-3611)

The sixth form students organised a dance to a mixture of songs ranging from Walking on Sunshine by Katrina and the Waves, to Run the World by Beyonce to Psy’s Gangnam Style.

They are trying to raise £17,000 to help build a new gym and community centre in Korogocho in Nairobi, Kenya.

Mugeni Sumba is originally from Kenya and has been helping to organise events to raise the money.

He went to Kenya in 2011 with two students at the school as part of a project with the Catholic Agency For Overseas Development.

Mr Sumba, RE teacher at the school, said: ‘I do come from Kenya but this is a community that I didn’t know anything about.

‘When I went in 2011 it was quite a shock to me to see that people live like that.

‘It went very well. They were in the rain in Portsmouth dancing to raise money and I think that’s a wonderful thing that young people want to do that.

‘They’ve made me want to do more. They’re the ones pushing me.

‘They are an inspiration.’

Claudia Tyler, 18, did the choreography for the performance.

She said: ‘A lot of planning that went into it, but it was good.

‘We wanted to get people enthusiastic about it.

‘We planned it as massive group.

‘It went well. I think the people of Portsmouth were encouraged by it.’

Laura Covey, 18, said: ‘There’s a lot of crime out there and this will brought people together.

‘It also gives the kids a place to go. It’s bringing the community together. We feel that it will really help them.

‘Instead of just giving them money it’s helping them build a community on their own.

‘It was good fun.’

The students have been raising money for the charity over the past year and so far have raised £16,000.

They have had a concert and a bake sale and they are also taking part in sporting activities to help raise the cash.