Around 120 drawstring bags filled with practical goodies will be on their way to Africa in a few weeks’ time.
Rather than filling shoeboxes, sports bags were chosen so they can be used as school bags afterwards. In Uganda, children can only attend school if they can afford to buy certain items, one of them being a school bag. The four different coloured bags were also not just for children, but for their parents too-filled with T-shirts, toothpaste and toothbrush, pencils, paper, soap, sanitary towels for the mums’, and toys for the kids.
The Christmas bags will be delivered personally by Zoe Calder to a school run by CalmAfrica, a social work NGO that cares for vulnerable children. Each year SDC take the top primary class on a 4-day trip of a life time to Queen Elizabeth National Park. The children would never usually leave their communities. Pupils from year 12 & 13 will meet the children next July.
Sue Davies who worked with Zoe of the project said: “We have been supporting a child headed household over the last few years - that is a household of children without a parent to look after them.
“All this help is provided by fund raising at St David's and our partner school Shebbear College.”