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KILGRASTON girls have raised an amazing £540 for charity following a special week of fun activities and interaction with the wider community.

Their efforts were part of Kilgraston’s Goals Week, giving the girls the chance to focus on one of five objectives shared with other Sacred Heart schools from around the world.

This year’s joint goal is social awareness. The girls chose to highlight the plight of women both at home and abroad, particularly those suffering from oppression and violence.

They also raised awareness about the growing problem of human trafficking and how vulnerable women in faraway countries looking for a better life have become entrapped by this pernicious global trade.

Closer to home, the girls celebrated the achievements of successful Scottish women and also considered how their own lives might be different if Scotland votes for independence later this year.

Girls eligible to vote heard from speakers on both sides of the referendum debate including Rachel Heydecker of the Yes campaign and Councillor Anne Cowan from Better Together, a past pupil whose daughters also attended Kilgraston.

Kilgraston’s chaplain, Stacey Cameron, who co-ordinated the fundraising week with the help of sixth formers, said: “Most of the ideas came from the girls. The theme was ‘Kilgraston goes pink’ and the catering staff made pink lemonade and pink mashed potato with haggis. The girls chose the theme because they were keen to focus on the role of women throughout the week. They led assemblies and we decorated the school with more than 2,000 origami butterflies. We also held a self defence class, a talk on body confidence and the Citizens Advice Bureau came in to run a money management workshop.”

Other activities included a giant hide and seek and a sponsored leg waxing of male staff. In the Prep School, the girls left their uniforms at home for the day to dress up in pink alongside older pupils in the senior school.

The youngsters, aged three to 13, added £93 to the total funds raised throughout the week for the charity Women’s Aid. Kathryn Ebrahim, Head of the Prep School, said: “The girls had a super day festooning the school in a splash of pink.”

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