Big-hearted Warwick Academy students have topped the $50,000 mark in their Haiti fundraising efforts.

The youngsters have handed over the largest donation by a school to-date to the Bermuda Res Cross' Haiti Earthquake Appeal.

The impressive $53,449 was presented to Bermuda Red Cross director Ann Spencer-Arscott at the school's morning school assembly on Friday.

The children had expressed an interest in helping after hearing about the magnitude seven earthquake that devastated the country last month.

Events held included a grub day where students paid to leave their school uniform at home and selling slices of pizzas during one lunch time. The pizzas were generously donated by Pizza House.

The culmination of fundraising was "laps for Haiti" where primary and secondary students were sponsored to walk around the school campus. This event was the brainchild of senior students.

Jane Vickers, director of development at Warwick Academy, said it was a fantastic achievement by primary and secondary departments.

She said: "We are all thrilled at the amount raised. All this money has gone to the Red Cross.

"We kept the amount quiet at first, then announced it to the students in assembly before presenting a cheque to the Red Cross."

Grub day raised $9,600, the pizza lunch raised $1,700 and the most lucrative event was 'Laps for Haiti' which brought in $31,521. A $621 matching donation from parents working at XL was also given, as was an anonymous company donation of $10,000.