FUNDRAISING NEWS: WaterAid uses school panto as fundraiser


WaterAid is encouraging schools to stage a special themed Christmas pantomime to help raise funds for its international projects.

It has launched a Christmas Pantomime Pack that includes a script and music written by WaterAid supporters, plus costume and set design suggestions.

It is asking any schools that use its Aladdin and the Magic Bucket pantomime script to make a donation or run a collection for the charity after the performance.

"Every school runs a Christmas entertainment programme so we're trying to tap into this and provide schools with a way of staging a fun event while raising money for a good cause,

said Eleanor Hazell, project co-ordinator at WaterAid. "By providing a quality script and a full range of resources we're making it as easy as possible for teachers and kids to get involved."

Promotional posters will be sent to nearly 8,000 teachers, and the charity is hoping that hundreds of primary and secondary schools will decide to stage the show.

The script features two WaterAid characters and has been written to include details on the charity's work providing clean water to people living in poverty. A CD featuring songs written for the pantomime will also be sold to schools interested in using the play.

Teachers can visit the organisation's web site to download the pack or can contact the charity directly to receive more information about it.

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