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Make poverty history — schools mobilise for G8

Issue No. 1955

Two hundred students at Cardinal Wiseman High School, west London, walked around their local shopping area in Greenford before half term with placards and banners in support of the Make Poverty History campaign.

The school is holding a day of activities on 31 June. Head teacher Paul Patrick says, “We encouraged students to oppose the Iraq war, and we helped to surround the treasury with Jubilee 2000.

“So we obviously want to help get a message to the G8 about the 30,000 children dying daily of preventable causes.”

Harrow High School — not the famous toffs’ place which is nearby — is aiming to produce 200 “buddies” as part of the Send My Friend To School campaign.

Each paper cut-out represents one of the millions of children worldwide who do not go to school. NUT rep Jo Lang says, “I’m hoping some of us can get to the Edinburgh demo.”

Nick Grant

About 2,000 people gathered in Belfast on Saturday of last week at a Make Poverty History rally.

Gary Lightbody from the band Snow Patrol spoke, as did representatives from local churches and charities.

A fundraising night of poetry on the same evening, organised by G8 Mobilisation, was packed.

We have about 100 people already booked to go to Scotland in July for the G8 and there are loads of different groups organising transport from Belfast.

Gordon Hewitt

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Sat 11 Jun 2005, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1955
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