Ewing's Sarcoma Charity Event Raises over £1500
In Performing Arts we cover two units one called Theatre in Education and the other Performing Arts Business. To help develop an awareness of Ewing’s Sarcoma we decided as a group to do a performance about the illness and also plan a charity event to raise money for Ewing’s Sarcoma Research Trust. In total we raised £1509.30
Ewing's sarcoma is a malignant small, round, blue cell tumour. It is a rare disease in which cancer cells are found in the bone or in soft tissue. The most common areas in which it occurs are the pelvis, the femur, the humerus, the ribs and clavicle. It occurs most frequently in teenagers and young adults.
Unfortunately I only became aware of this illness as one of my ex-students was diagnosed with it and sadly lost his battle last summer. This really affected me as firstly I had never heard of the illness and secondly I never expected him to die at such a young age.
To help support others struggling with this battle he wrote a blog about the challenges he had to face during his diagnosis and treatment.
In Performing Arts we covered two units one called Theatre in Education and the other Performing Arts Business. To help develop an awareness of Ewing’s Sarcoma we decided as a group to do a performance about the illness and also plan a charity event to raise money for Ewing’s Sarcoma Research Trust.
The charity day was on Monday 7th April 2014 between 1-5pm and offered the following activities:
· Face painting
· Bouncy castle
· Arts and crafts
· Easter egg hunt quiz
· Dance, drama and football workshops
· Sweets, scarfs and jewellery sales
· Name the bear
· How many sweets in the jar
From that alone we raised £240.45
In the evening 7th April 2014 7-9pm there was an auction and entertainment that included:
· Superhero Fashion show
· Dance solos
· Singing and guitarist
For this part we raised £334.80
All the auction prizes were largely made up of donations from the following companies:
The charity fundraising continued with various other ongoing activities these included:
· Donation of 1p’s and 2p’s - £39.18
· Collection from Aylesbury Vale Academy Students/staff - £81.65
· FAVA donation of £50
· Royal Mail contributed to all our charity events with £450
Our final way to raise money was a Theatre in Education performance on Thursday 1st May at 7pm, focusing on three characters suffering with Ewing’s Sarcoma. One was based on the real life journey my ex-student experienced. There were special guests invited to the performance including friends and relatives of my ex-student and trustees of Ewing’s Sarcoma research trust.
The evening was extremely successful and clearly communicated awareness of symptoms, treatment and how it affects family members when they are diagnosed/treated.
For this evening we collected £338.22
In total we raised £1509.30 (£25 was paid to hire the community centre).