Rice Lane pupils on the catwalk with Tina Robinson from British Red Cross and Cllr Gary Millar

Rice Lane Infants and Nursery strut their stuff for British Red Cross

Working with the British Red Cross and former Lord Mayor and Liverpool’s business lead Councillor Gary Millar, pupils at Rice Lane Infants and Nursery have created a fashion show and unique tee shirt designs to raise an amazing £771.25 for the Red Cross Hundred2Hundreds campaign.

They have a history of winning enterprise competitions previously receiving the top prize at Global Entrepreneurship Congress 2012.

On 24th June their fundraising efforts seed funded by £100 from the British Red Cross ended with children under 7 years old giving professional catwalk models a lesson in walking and posing with hands on hips showing the latest in children’s fashion tee shirts.

British Red Cross project Hundred2Hundreds was introduced by Gary to Liverpool primary schools following his meeting with Tina Robinson (Senior Community Fundraiser – Merseyside) and Clare Henderson (Community Fundraising Manager – Northern Region) at his Thursday Business Clinic Drop-in session in Central Library. The Red Cross offered Gary £4000 for up to 40 enterprise projects (£100 each) delivered across Merseyside by young people. Rice Lane Infants and Juniors Primary School were the first to sign up and receive their £100 “seed fund”.

Councillor Millar said: “Working with the Red Cross we have a fantastic opportunity to inspire an enterprise culture in our schools. We can use the Hundred 2 Hundreds project to stimulate team-work, create great business ideas, help our local communities and raise money for those most in need. Rice Lane’s fashion show was professional and fun. Their fundraising summed up exactly why I love this amazing city.”

Liverpool City Council’s Mayoral Lead for Primary Schools, Councillor Lana Orr, said: “This is an exciting opportunity for children in Merseyside to make a difference to the lives of people with the help of the British Red Cross while gaining new skills in literacy and numeracy. Well done to Rice Lane Infants and Nursery.”

Tina Robinson, a senior community fundraiser for the British Red Cross in Merseyside, said: “We are thrilled Councillor Millar has chosen to support the British Red Cross to encourage young people to develop their enterprise skills and raise vital funds to help people in crisis. If you have your own idea just like Rice Lane Infants and Nursery did and you think could sell with the support of your school please get in touch with Tina at the British Red Cross by calling 0151 702 5061 or emailing trobinson@redcross.org.uk.”