Kids Aid – Children of the World
Before turning the page on 1980s charity singles, here’s one more. As noted elsewhere on this site, in late 1985 the children of St. Benedict’s School in Colchester were inspired to launch a lottery for the benefit of the Catholic Fund for Overseas Development (CAFOD), coordinated by religion teacher Bob Hastie. Titled ‘Kids Aid’, the prizes included a walk-on part in ‘Dempsey & Makepeace’, a year’s supply of Rolo’s and a day in the BBC’s ‘Dr Who’ studios. The school raised £42,000 through the raffle and then began looking for a promoter for a charity record. In November 1986 Children Of The World was released on the Colchester-based Twink label, run by the local musician of the same name who was known for playing with The Pink Fairies, The Pretty Things and others. The A side of the single was written by music teacher Adrian Queen and produced by Twink at Portwell Studios, Farmyard Studios, Terminal Studios and The Studio, Brussels. Accompanied by members of new wave pop group The Fixx, a choir of 45 pupils of St. Benedict’s School sing an upbeat song with a vaguely reggae beat urging listeners to avoid guilt and regret about not helping the less fortunate in the third world.
On the B side, titled Instrumental / Letters, over an instrumental based on the A side, children read letters from around Britain and Ireland sent in support of the school’s charity efforts and forwarding money from other sponsored events. One writer says they were going to write to Bob Geldoff and Band Aid but didn’t know the address, another that they saw a report about the raffle and record on John Craven’s Newsround, while another notes that there have been no Kids Aid events organised in Ireland yet. The letters are followed by a message from CAFOD highlighting the urgency of famine relief and giving special thanks to St. Benedict’s School.