Chicken poo bingo

Children at a tiny Pembrokeshire school enlisted the help of a hen to boost their charity fundraising.

Daisy the hen starred in a recent game of chicken poop bingo or ‘Where will Daisy do it?’ at Ysgol Casblaidd / Wolfscastle Community School. Pupils paid a pound to ‘own’ a square on a grid in the school yard, then Daisy was set loose to do her business. She chose Morgan’s square, earning him a chocolate prize.

Appropriately enough, the children were raising funds for the Toilet Twinning project, which is part of international development agency Tearfund. By combining bingo with a non-uniform day, the 42 pupils raised £180 – enough to sponsor three latrines in Central African Republic, Pakistan and Cambodia.

Head teacher Mrs Wendy Raymond said: ‘We couldn’t believe that 2.4 billion people, or a third of the world’s population, do not have a toilet in their home so we decided to raise money for this cause.’

The students at Wolfscastle School in Pembrokeshire had been looking at the effects of dirty water and poor sanitation in developing countries such as Ethiopia in geography lessons.

Toilet Twinning CEO Lorraine Kingsley praised the school for its ingenuity and generosity. ‘Daisy gave a brilliant demonstration of the dangers of open defecation – which is the very issue we address in our work overseas,’ she said. ‘The latrines that Wolfscastle School pupils have funded are literally lifesavers because they stop the spread of germs and disease.

‘Wolfscastle School’s generosity is particularly moving given that they’re such a small school: we’re hugely grateful to them all, including Daisy.’

Toilet Twinning raises funds to provide families in developing countries with proper toilets, clean water and hygiene education. www.toilettwinning.org