Actions Speak Louder Than Words for Hillview School for Girls’

‘Amnesty International Youth Club’

Hillview School for Girls’ Amnesty International Youth Club arranged a sponsored silence to fundraise and generate awareness for Amnesty International.

It became an overwhelmingly popular fundraiser and over 200 students eagerly signed up to spend the entire school day in silence. The girls were particularly excited and eager to fundraise for such a worthwhile cause and the total amount raised was a whopping £2000!! Special congratulations goes to Lois Dann and Katy Rennie who both raised over £100 each.

On Tuesday afternoon, Amnesty International representative Richard Glynn visited the school where he was presented with a cheque for £2000. He thanked and congratulated the girls on their success and spoke to them about Amnesty International’s efforts. In particular, he spoke of the plight of Nazanin Zaghari- Ratcliffe, a case that particularly interests our students.  

Our students have come away from the fundraiser feeling very encouraged and inspired that they can make a difference to Amnesty’s efforts. They are already keen to raise more money and are planning their next fundraiser, which we hope to be just as rewarding, due to take place next term. Watch this space!

Catherine Bishop, Amnesty Youth Group Leader at Hillview said,

“I am very proud of how well the girls’ have done. I initially started the Amnesty Group as a place to discuss and highlight human rights issues around the world but the interest in the group surpassed all of my expectations. In December, we were even invited to attend a reception held at the Speakers House alongside MPs and Peers in aid of generating awareness for Human Rights Day, which our students found extremely eye-opening. Our students feel very passionate about Amnesty’s causes and since meeting with Richard on Tuesday, have even planned to set up a sub-group to specifically support the LGBTQ community. I couldn’t be prouder of their efforts in this fundraiser and I’m sure Amnesty International will be hearing a lot more from us over the next few years!”

Thank you Hillview School for Girls for your article and for raising awareness about the work of Amnesty International. The team here can only imagine how challenging it must have been to remain silent for an entire school day! A sponsored silence was an apt and profound way to empathise with and draw attention to the plight of those you were raising money for – those without a voice who have been silenced for many different reasons. 

Well done to each and every one of you who took part and for taking an interest in issues you could so easily ignore. Thank you.