“The beaming smiles and pride that the children had when we handed over the donations last year was one of the most heart-warming moments, ”Duncraig Secondary HASS Teacher Ms Natalie Everett recalled of the Global Tour to South Africa.
Last year was Ms Everett and Mr Adam Merrifield’s first time accompanying students on the Tour and both are looking forward to visiting again in April with a group of 18 Year 10 students from both campuses.
“We were so lucky to receive loads of donations from our school community last year and they were so warmly welcomed,” Ms Everett said.“I watched the kids using the football boots at the soccer clubs in the townships and it makes you feel really lucky to be able to be a part of that excitement.
“Based on our conversations with the leadership teams at JJ Haven and Sinethemba children’s homes, I wanted to make sure that when we returned in 2020, we could target areas that local support groups weren’t always able to cover. I wanted it to be ‘needs-driven’ so they get the most from what we’re able to give. I asked what things they really needed, knowing that what we take along with us this year will make even more of a difference.”
So, the Global team are putting the call out for the following items to be donated. They can be new or used but Ms Everett said check the condition of used-goods and “if you wouldn’t give it to a mate, don’t donate”.
· Priority items included black school shoes of any size, school bags and pencil cases.
· Uniforms, particularly grey trousers and white polos.
· Non-liquid toiletries including toothbrushes and sanitary pads. Small towels (flannels) are also welcomed
· Children’s clothing – particularly warm items.
· Sports shoes, soccer boots (boys and girls), soccer kits, soccer balls/netballs/rugby balls (deflated)
“We, of course, welcome any donations from our school community but these specific items will make a real difference in people’s lives,” Ms Everett said.
Donations can be dropped at your School’s Student Services area or directly to Adam Merrifield (Alethea), Natalie Everett (Timae) or Mark Batten (Makaria) until March 23.