Batley & Spen MP Supports Girls’ Education Roadshow

Tracy Brabin MP has joined local fundraiser Anne Pugh, and UK CEO of GlobalGiving, Eleanor Harrison OBE, on a “roadshow” around local schools.

The purpose of the roadshow which took place last week, was to highlight the importance of girls’ education in developing countries, and to inspire local children to fundraise for good causes.

Local fundraiser Anne Pugh turned 70 this year, and decided that she would like to spend the year fundraising for a good cause. She teamed up with GlobalGiving, and is fundraising for their project to help girls in rural Nepal access education.

The roadshow, which visited Upper Batley High School and Batley Girls High School, saw Ms Brabin talk about the importance of educating girls, and her time spent volunteering as a Trustee for the Harinder Veriah Trust based in Malaysia. Meanwhile, Ms Harrison talked about the work of GlobalGiving, and Ms Pugh about her fundraising efforts.

Anyone wanting to support Anne’s fundraising efforts can do so online at: https://www.globalgiving.org/fundraisers/its-cool-to-be-70/

MP for Batley and Spen and Shadow Minister for Early Years, Tracy Brabin said:

“I am very grateful to Anne and Eleanor, for taking the time to talk to local young people about the importance of girls’ education. Whilst both boys and girls are lucky enough to be able to go to school here in the UK, many girls across the world continue to be denied an education.

“I hope that together, we have inspired some young people to think about fundraising to help girls in countries like Nepal to access education.

“After all, as the well-known saying goes- ‘If you educate a man, you educate one person. If you educate a woman, you educate a nation’”.

Local Fundraiser Anne Pugh said;

“The students were already well aware of how important it is to think of others who are less fortunate, both at home and abroad. However, I think that they did learn that it’s possible to change lives even if you are just a single person who wants to try to make a difference.”

UK CEO of GlobalGiving, Eleanor Harrison OBE said;

“Everyone has the potential to make a difference and help others to live safe, happy lives; whether that is close to home or further afield. We addressed times of uncertainty through positive social action; giving time, money and voice to those in need. It was a superb day!”