Eton Action Charity Fair

Saturday, 22nd September 2012

After a year of mixed emotions in 2011, Eton Action entered the new school year with the aim of improving the charity’s excellent track record on the front-burner. Once more the usual plethora of house stalls lined the opening of Common Lane (thanks to the closure of the Parade ground during Birley’s reconstruction). From TEJN’s unavoidable human slot machine to the crowd-pleasing TEWH water balloon arena and all the barbeque, pancake and comfort-food stalls you could possibly fit in between, a wonderful atmosphere was created. This year 72 external stalls were set up to raise money for organisations beyond the school's selected charities.

The fair opened as the street closed at 11am and thousands visited throughout the day, including the vast majority of boys and staff and many visiting from Slough and Windsor, showing the excellent community spirit which Eton Action has been able to evoke.

This year the school raised a grand total of £29,041, only slightly shy of the record £29,888. The money is being donated to:

* Leukaemia & Lymphoma research (33%)

* Marie Curie cancer care (23%)

* The Passage (15%)

* The British Red Cross (12%)

* NSPCC (9%)

* The Karachi Kidney Centre (8%)

The external stallholders also raised thousands of pounds for their own good causes.

The day went off without a hitch and thanks are due for some splendid weather and the excellent work put in by David Fox and the Eton Action committee who, after uncountable man-hours of preparation, laid on a day to trump all charity fairs. We hope that we can maintain a similar standard in the years to come. The fair undoubtedly marked a strong start to a year in which we as a school hope to raise as much as possible for these and some of the many other worthwhile causes the school has the ability to help.

Thank you to all those who attended, and we hope to see you again for our ventures in the future.

Myers (MJP) on behalf of Team Eton Action