A truly magical amount has been raised for Guide Dogs for the Blind Association by St. George’s House.

House Head, Mr Hill, surprised St. George’s boys by giving them five pounds each in the run up to their recent House Charity Day. Much like the New Testament’s Parable of The Talents, in which a man entrusted three servants with talents in the hope that they would increase them by the time he had returned from his journey; Mr Hill set his boys a challenge to try and turn their five pounds into profit for charity.

The boys certainly rose to the challenge and have astounded everyone with their entrepreneurship! Just as the master expected his servants to do more than passively preserve what had been entrusted to them, St. George’s boys were not going to sit back and be idle, in fact it was just the opposite.  The boys quickly put their thinking caps on and came up with some brilliant ideas.

Fundraising initiatives included gardening, sponsored runs, car washing and cake sales but also some rather unusual ones too – a blindfolded jiu jitsu throw, making bird feeders and busking on Harborne High Street to name just a few! Several pupils chose a canine-themed idea to link in with their chosen charity – selling hand-painted dog and bone keychains and magnets, guess the name of the dog, name a guide dog puppy, making and selling miniature dog calendars, raffling a pillow puppy, and not forgetting being a general dogsbody that does all the household chores!

Whether a £5 profit or a staggering £320 profit, each of the boys made a valuable contribution as the House pulled together and showed great teamwork to raise an amazing £2,935 with the Magic Fiver Challenge. This meant that after the monies raised from the other activities held on their House Charity Day, St. George’s have raised a grand total of £4,010. WOW! Many congratulations St. George’s.

Mrs Dredger