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Emergency appeal for flood-hit Lebanon families

Published on 15/01/19

Students at Jane Austen College are appealing for emergency funds to help refugee camps in a Lebanon valley which has been devastated by flooding.

The camps for Syrian refugees in the Bekaa Valley, Lebanon, were hit by a major storm in early January that flooded the valley and washed away temporary homes. Extreme cold weather and heavy snowfall over the following days have added to the misery for flood-hit families.

Jane Austen principal David Thomas and teachers Josie Kielstra and Tom Carter travelled to the area, close to the border with war-torn Syria, last autumn to help with teacher training for the new Madjal Anjar School.

Students from Jane Austen have now launched an emergency appeal to raise money to support those affected through the harsh winter ahead. Activities include:

  •  A non-uniform day on Friday, January 18, for £1 donation per student.
  • A raffle - donations of prizes welcome to be dropped at Reception or email with details
  • An auction for the use of two Arsenal FC season tickets (Clock End) for their match against Southampton on Sunday, February 24. If you would like to place a bid, please email with the amount you are bidding and your contact details. Please note that the prize is only the use of the tickets, and does not include travel to the ground. The highest bid received by the deadline of 12pm on January 25 will win - in the event of a tie, the earliest received bid will win, and the school's decision is final.

If you would like to make a donation directly to a charity working with those affected, you can click here to donate via Justgiving.