On the 26th of November six Year 13 students from PC undertook a 24 hour fast, which consisted of either a traditional food fast or a digital fast to raise funds for Concern Worldwide, UK.

The six Year 13 students from Portadown College: Amy Ritchie, Lucy Shilliday, Kathleen Pedlow, Sophie Barnett, Amelia Sheerin and Travis Clarke, have trained to become Concern Ambassadors.

The training of Concern Ambassadors focuses on the importance of Concern and the work that they do. Concern implements a range of programmes designed to address the specific causes of hunger and extreme poverty in communities across 25 countries. This is particularly important this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic which has left many families even more at risk from malnutrition and dehydration. Some families have been left sharing bathroom facilities with as many as 25 others, making social distancing impossible.

The Ambassadors worked together to create a digital presentation that was presented in registration classes across the school to encourage others to participate in the fast and to fundraise important donations.

While some chose a food fast, others chose the digital fast. A digital fast involves abstaining from all forms of technology and social media for 24 hours.

To date they have raised £250.

You can help their appeal by donating to their JustGiving page through the Portadown College website, Facebook or Twitter pages.

Donating through JustGiving is simple, fast and totally secure. Once you donate, they’ll send your money directly to Concern Worldwide, UK, so it’s the most efficient way to give – saving time and cutting costs for the charity.