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Moray schools, including Seafield Primary School, Aberlour Primary School, Hopeman Primary School and Kinloss Primary School raise £5748.42 by donning yellow and blue for Pennies for Peace campaign


By Lewis McBlane

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MORAY schoolchildren raised £5748 for Ukraine in March by dressing up in blue and yellow and donating "Pennies for Peace".

Kate Imlah and Beryl Tobin holding the cheque along with Harley Laughlan's (centre) poster
Kate Imlah and Beryl Tobin holding the cheque along with Harley Laughlan's (centre) poster

The March 31 fundraiser, promoted with a great poster by Seafield Primary pupil Harley Laughlan, was ran together with Moray Unicef and was open to all Moray schools, early learning centres and the Council education headquarters.

Slogan Pennies for Peace was thought up by Seafield Primary head teacher Morven Snodgrass and Council education top boss Vivienne Cross, to make the fundraiser accessible during the cost of living crisis.

Ms Snodgrass said: "We would never have expected to raise so much money from Moray schools.

"It was a lovely fundraiser and it turned the negative into as much of a positive as we can, in an incredibly difficult situation.

"I think people across Moray have been very generous, very very generous.

"It was lovely to be met with a sea of blue and yellow when pupils were coming in in the morning.

"We were really touched by the effort they had made."

To raise awareness for the fundraiser, Harley's poster was sent to every school in the county.

In fact, the poster was so successful that the Unicef headquarters in London have asked for a copy.

Ms Snodgrass said: "I think because she did such a bright, eye-catching poster it has really attracted people to the event.

"I think she really has to be commended on that because it is amazing."

Harley Laughlan's poster has proved a massive hit with the Unicef London headquarters.
Harley Laughlan's poster has proved a massive hit with the Unicef London headquarters.

As well as Seafield Primary School, Hopeman Primary School, Aberlour Primary School and Kinloss Primary School also got involved in the fundraiser.

Hopeman Primary's P6 class organised a fundraising day in school by asking all the children and staff to wear blue and yellow to school and make a contribution to help raise money for Ukrainian refugees.
Hopeman Primary's P6 class organised a fundraising day in school by asking all the children and staff to wear blue and yellow to school and make a contribution to help raise money for Ukrainian refugees.

At Aberlour Primary, which has a blue and yellow uniform, pupils and staff decided to go the extra mile and form a sunflower – the Ukrainian national flower.

Aberlour Primary showed their support by forming a sunflower together in their blue and yellow uniforms.
Aberlour Primary showed their support by forming a sunflower together in their blue and yellow uniforms.

Ms Snodgrass said: "It really was a great sum we raised, the Moray Unicef committee are going to get that money to Unicef as soon as they can so it can go directly to the children of Ukraine.

"But the money was secondary to displaying our solidarity for the Ukrainian children."

Kinloss Primary 1. Top row from left:Taylor Woodward, Eloise Thom, Hollie Lawton, Riley miller, Jessica Gaynor, Reece Martin, Oscar Christie, Verity Judd, William Winterburn
Kinloss Primary 1. Top row from left:Taylor Woodward, Eloise Thom, Hollie Lawton, Riley miller, Jessica Gaynor, Reece Martin, Oscar Christie, Verity Judd, William Winterburn
Kinloss Primary 2. Top row from left:Taylor Woodward, Eloise Thom, Hollie Lawton, Riley miller, Jessica Gaynor, Reece Martin, Oscar Christie, Verity Judd, William Winterburn
Kinloss Primary 2. Top row from left:Taylor Woodward, Eloise Thom, Hollie Lawton, Riley miller, Jessica Gaynor, Reece Martin, Oscar Christie, Verity Judd, William Winterburn

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