Stand By Me

Students sing and stride for Sophia Academy

Wednesday, 30 April 2014
Students sing and stride for Sophia Academy

Students and teachers at the Royal Wootton Bassett Academy sold cook books, performed a brass band recital and walked miles to fundraise an amazing £15,000 to complete the Sophia Academy in Tamu, Burma. Now 220 thankful children are receiving high quality tuition in this new building.

In Tamu, many children become orphaned or abandoned as a result of the high rates of crime, prostitution and drug and alcohol abuse. The local government schools offer a very low quality of education, without good teaching children have no hope of passing exams and progressing. Caring for 50 children in the Sophia Home, Stand by Me wanted to do more to help the children of Tamu reach their potential and built the Sophia Academy to offer them a valuable life-changing education.

The completion of this fantastic building was thanks to the creative fundraising of the Royal Wootton Bassett Academy. A group of four students, girl group ‘Horizon’ (above), composed, recorded and sold a CD of songs for Burma, and two brothers walked the 57 mile Ridgeway carrying their tents, food and supplies in the effort to raise the £15,000.

Thanks to the dedication of all at the Royal Wootton Bassett Academy, we can provide the poorest children in Tamu with the teaching they need, giving them a chance to pass their final exams and a hope for a brighter future.

See how you can raise money for Stand by Me on our fundraising page

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