THE novelty of adopting a tiny Tic Tac sweet for the school holidays caught on big time with pupils who raised £130 to make life sweeter for children in Kenya.
Students in Year Eight at Saint Aidan’s Technology College in Preesall spent 50p buying a Tic Tac which they were asked to take on their holiday travels, with a prize for the person photographed with their sweet in the most unusual location.
Fynn Galloway, 12, said: “The idea is that for 50p you are given a Tic Tac and you have to take it everywhere with you over the summer.”
The winner was Morgan Sandford, 12, who took her Tic Tac along to the all-action Camp Bestival in Dorset.
Morgan, who was on holiday with her family – and her Tic Tac – sent a postcard from the festival and she produced a presentation all about her Tic Tac’s travels. She won £10 of shopping vouchers for Primark.
The St Aidan’s students are currently raising cash to help the Children of Watamu’s Happy House Children’s Home and school, led by Form K7 and tutor Joanne Rossall and have sponsored Happy House child Linus, who will be three in December.
Year 11 pupils held a cake bake which raised £30 and they are currently holding a Guess the Weight of the Sweetie Jar competition being organised by the Year Nine students in their form.
Ellissa Thompson and Natalie Danson are very keen to help raise money for Linus.
Ellissa added: “What Happy House does for vulnerable children is very important. It gives them a safe, loving home and makes sure they are fed and educated.”
Natalie added: “Going to school is very important for the children. It will give them a chance to be able to earn their own living when they grow up.”
Mrs Rossall receives regular emails and photos from Happy House to let them know how Linus is getting on.
She said: “Apparently he is quite bossy even though he’s only two and thinks he is in charge at the Happy House.”
Former Blackpool landlady Sue Hayward, who founded Children of Watamu, said: “We are so grateful to the students at St Aidan’s.
“It is very special when children are helping children.”
For more information visit the Children of Watamu website www.childrenofwatamu.net.