Castell Alun Friends’ Association


Castell Alun Friends’ Association

(CAFA)

The Committee

CAFA became a registered charity in February 2016 and the committee is currently made up of a few parents and staff. We usually meet on the third Tuesday of the month at 6.30pm during term time but for obvious reasons, this is currently on hold. The fundraising efforts continue however: if you’ve any suggestions about fundraising activities or are interested in finding out more, please email us at cafa@castellalun.flintshire.sch.uk or contact us through our social media accounts.

How the Fundraising is Helping the School

Thanks to your support, CAFA’s been able to help the school out in various ways including a £5000 contribution towards a new minibus, £1000 to the modern foreign languages area to buy new ICT equipment and £600 to the English department for camcorders. More recently, it’s given £500 to the biology department to support a field trip, £150 to buy resources for pupil wellness initiatives and £400 to the Performing Arts department for new Chrome Books.

There remains a long list of resources the school and students could benefit from so please do continue to support our fundraising efforts if you can.

Events and Fundraising Activities

Annual General Meeting

The online AGM will take place on Tuesday 8th December at 7.30pm. If you would like to attend, please email us so we can send you the link.

Virtual Christmas Market 2020

Do you run a small business? We want to work with local businesses to spread a little festive cheer and help connect them with our local community.

We are producing a Christmas Catalogue that will be available online for the entire festive season, allowing your customers to browse and order at their leisure. It can be easily accessed via the Castell Alun website and will contain hyperlinks to your web page and/or social media pages. So if a customer sees something they like, they simply  click  on  your  page’s  links  and  then  are  automatically redirected  to  you.

The demo catalogue shows you the options we have available. Pricing is by the page and can be tailored to your requirements. All you need to do is choose your basic  layout,  tell  us  what  you  want  to  sell  and  send  us  some high quality photographs of your items. We will do the rest! All of the contact details are in the demo catalogue.

Alongside the catalogue we will also be running a  “Twelve days of Christmas” campaign where all of our advertisers will be split  into twelve  different  groups.  On  each  of  the  twelve nights in the run up to the main event we will directly promote a  different  group  via  social  media  until  the  final  (thirteenth) night  where  we  will  host  our  virtual  event  over  a  four hour period.

During this final period we would encourage the businesses to be available online  to  talk  directly  to  customers, answer queries and take orders.

Christmas Raffle

You can enter the raffle by following this link – thank you for your support!

Recycling Event

Thank you to everyone who supported our Recycling event in July. We received a fantastic amount of donations and raised in the region of £1000.

Match Funding

Do you work for a company that offers a match funding scheme? If so, you might be able to help us raise more funding for Castell Alun – please get in touch with us.

Amazon Smile

When you shop with Amazon Smile, Amazon will make a donation to our fundraising. You can follow this link for more details about how to sign up.

We are fundraising by collecting old British or foreign coins and notes, including obsolete currency. We then send it to www.cash4coins.co.uk who exchanges it into cash we can use. Please save up your coins and notes and we will update you once you can start bringing them back into school.

Many thanks to everyone supporting the lottery. Draws are weekly and as well as being in the draw to win the local prize, supporters are included in a weekly national draw to win £25,000. Anyone can join and all support is gratefully received – please visit this link to find out more information and sign up.

Shop with over 3,100 retailers and easyfundraising will give a donation to the school every time you make a purchase. Retailers include eBay, Amazon, John Lewis, B&Q, booking.com and loads more. It won’t cost you anything.

 

Signing up to support Castell Alun Friends’ Association is really easy – just follow this link, fill in your email address, set a password and your account is set up. No other information is needed. You can then go via easyfundraising to do your shopping and we’ll get a donation every time.

There is no catch or hidden cost; it’s just a really easy way to raise extra money for the school.

If you’d like to make an online contribution towards our fundraising, please visit our Facebook page and use the donate button. If you prefer to make a donation by cheque, please make it payable to “Castell Alun Friends’ Association” and mark the envelope for CAFA’s attention. If you’re making the donation as an individual rather than as a company, and would like to Gift Aid your donation, you’ll find the form here. Thank you!

CAFA on Social Media

You can follow us on our Twitter account  and  Facebook page for more information.