Having been identified as a school who had made a significant contribution to Comic Relief's fundraising efforts over a number of years, Appleton Academy's students were offered a chance by the BBC and Comic Relief to discuss issues affecting families in
the UK and Africa and how monies raised had helped so many since the inception of Red Nose Day.
During those discussions, Eboni Archer, a Year 8 student, was identified as having shown a real empathy for the plight of those that Comic Relief has endeavoured to assist and was invited to undertake a trip to Kenya to meet volunteers at the Widows and
Orphans International (WOI) - Omega Foundation Project. Eboni also met Violet, a nine year old orphan who now lives with and cares for her bedridden grandmother in impoverished conditions.
The meeting with Violet proved to be an emotional and life-changing one for Eboni, who showed an amazing maturity and understanding of the issues Violet faced on a daily basis, including the lack of even the most basic things we take for granted. As a result,
Eboni returned to the UK and the Academy with a drive and determination to raise awareness of the plight of Violet and hundreds of others like her and has already led the Academy's 2015 Comic Relief fundraising efforts through talks to staff and governors
and assemblies with her peers.
In addition to her efforts in school, Eboni has also been given the amazing opportunity of visiting the Blue Peter studios in Manchester and has been presented with a coveted Blue Peter badge due to her compassion in telling Violet's story.
Eboni's visit to Kenya will be shown as a film on the Comic Relief Show this Friday 13 March 2015.