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Teacher gives school assembly on the toilet...but he was only yanking the chain for charity

School charity appeal 'flush' after teacher's stunt to encourage donations

Published 03/12/2015

Mr Bennett with Carrickfergus College pupils.
Mr Bennett with Carrickfergus College pupils.

Pupils at a Northern Ireland school were in for a shock when their regular morning assembly was interrupted by a more charitable movement - their teacher sitting on the toilet.

Carrickfergus College RE teacher Allistair Bennett greeted pupils as he sat on the stage on his white porcelain throne.

But the stunt was only to raise awareness of the school's latest charity fundraiser rather than the 43-year-old being caught short.

Mr Bennett has encouraged pupils to take part in the 'Spend a Penny' campaign and drop their "brown money" into the toilet in aid of charity Stand By Me.

It helps children in crisis throughout the world.

Allistair explained: "A third of the world's population do not have a toilet, let alone three or four like many of our homes may have.

"The money raised will go toward helping provide energy generating and water purifying biogas toilets for people in the Bekoji area of Ethiopia.

"The school also directly sponsors two children in the village's Bethany School so money will also go to them."

He joked: "I've been - to the village - a couple of times and any money raised does go a great way to helping the people."

The toilet was left, with the seat up in Mr Bennett's class room and the campaign to fill the bowl has been going strong, with the money almost spilling over.

Allistair added: "There has been a good few pound made, now it will just be the dirty work of counting it up."

Asked if his pupils were shocked, the teacher added: "It's par for the course, I'm afraid, they are used to it now."

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