Theo is 12 years old and is an assistant patrol leader with the Cobra Patrol at the 19th Cardiff Scout Troop. Theo decided to fundraise for Ukraine as part of his Personal Challenge Award in Scouts.
Written by THEO SPITERI, age 12 (19th Cardiff Scout Group)
When I saw the BBC News about the recent war between Russia and Ukraine I thought it would be a great idea to raise money to help the Ukrainian people during this time of hatred and disagreement, especially those that had lost their houses, belongings and had nowhere to live – let alone losing many family members.
I talked to my Registration Teacher, Mrs Evans, about my ideas and when I suggested an Easter Hamper Raffle she agreed that this would be a great idea to raise funds so I started the process immediately.
I went out with my mum to buy easter eggs, sweets, cinema vouchers, candles and a few stationery items etc and even painted an original silhouette easter picture on a canvas to go with it and bought a book of raffle tickets. I asked my registration group to bring in donations that they could spare to go with the other hampers too. We then made up 5 Easter hampers and then sold raffle tickets to all the children around the school from years 7 to 11. I managed to raise £302.00 in a short space of time before our Easter half term.
During the scout term, my scout leader, Julie Smith, asked everyone in our scout group to do a personal challenge and I thought raising the money for Ukraine was a good idea towards my fundraising activity badge since I had already started this at school.
I hope to raise more money for good causes in the near future!