Inspired to Raise £1,500

Congratulations to Janek Codlin, a year 11 student from St Mary’s Independent School in Southampton, who successfully raised over £1500 for the School of Joy, in Beit Jala. Janek visited the School whilst on a parish pilgrimage to the Holy Land. When asked what inspired him to arrange the concert he said,


“The children, despite their personal challenges, welcomed us with joy, optimism and hope – something I will never forget. That day I promised to always remember them, and their teachers, and try where I could to support them – to remind them they are not forgotten!”


This is an extract from Janek’s report on the concert:

 "The concert was held on the 25th November 2018 at St Joseph's in Southampton followed by tea and cake! Janek secured six different musical acts that performed during the 90 minute concert; they were all incredible. The concert was well attended and the audience all enjoyed the variety of music and also the cakes afterwards. Janek has already been asked when is the next concert; there seems to be a number of other acts interested in participating.”

Thank you so much Janek, we have been able to pass this money on to Fr Mamdouh to support the essential running costs for the School.  

Below are some pictures taken at the School of Joy.