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Brighton Journal | 23rd November 2019

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Good News! Sussex Student Raises £2k for Syrian Children

Good News! Sussex Student Raises £2k for Syrian Children
Hannah Midgley

Bighearted Bede’s schoolgirl Rosa Witts may only be 17, but she’s done something truly amazing for charity. She’s managed to raise more than £2,000 for Unicef though hosting a concert. The charity is helping children affected by the ongoing conflicts in Syria by calling for all parties involved in the conflict in Syria to protect the lives of the country’s children.

Rosa was inspired to take action after seeing so many “terrible atrocities” in Aleppo and Mosul on the news last year. “Many of the suffering children in Syria are living in war zones and have lost everything, with many of a similar age to us,” she said.

More than 30 students came together to help Rosa by getting up on stage on 7 February; performances ranged from solos to a huge performance by the Jazz Choir. 150 people attended the concert at Hailsham Pavillion, East Sussex including Bede’s boarders, parents, staff and local residents.

Bede’s Director of Music Louise Morris said: “We are immensely proud of Rosa, both as the very talented musician that she is, but also in her determination to help raise both funds and awareness for those children who are living in war zones in Syria.”


Musically gifted Rosa loves to sing

“I feel proud of myself for taking the initiative,” Rosa said, “but obviously couldn’t have done it without everyone pitching in, including those who worked on lighting and sound and, most importantly all of the parents, students and local people who bought tickets and came along in support.”

But Rosa’s charitable work doesn’t stop there; her raffle on the night raised a massive £450 for Cancer Research UK.

Headmaster Peter Goodyer said: “This was a wonderful initiative, in aid of such a very good cause. I am delighted that so many of Rosa’s friends assisted her in putting together such a fine event with such an array of musical talent on show.

“In addition, I am very thankful to all the teachers who took the time to assist Rosa in making this concert such a success. Pupil action of this nature is rare and it is indicative of the sense of service we aim to instil in all our pupils at Bede’s.”

Featured image courtesy of The Argus.

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