Shoe-in for char­ity

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

MOSS­MAN State High School stu­dents are set­ting a good ex­am­ple, by do­nat­ing shoe­boxes of gifts to needy chil­dren around the world.

Year eight stu­dents from the school were in­volved in the Op­er­a­tion Christ­mas Child, which is or­gan­ised by Sa­mar­i­tan’s Purse.

Op­er­a­tion Christ­mas Child is a unique project that brings great news and joy to kids in need through a sim­ple shoe­box filled with gifts.

Shoe­boxes filled with gifts such as toys, cloth­ing, school equip­ment, teddy bears, tooth­brushes and combs will be trans­ported to kids in South-east Asia and the South Pa­cific.

Glob­ally, over 100 mil­lion shoe­boxes have been given to kids in more than 130 coun­tries since 1993, open­ing up a world of life chang­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for a child, their fam­i­lies and their com­mu­ni­ties.

Year eight co­or­di­na­tor Greg Hamil­ton said he was ec­static at the stu­dents par­tic­i­pa­tion.

‘‘This year, I set a chal­lenge to see which form class could fill the most boxes. As year co­or­di­na­tor, I was over­whelmed by the stu­dents’ re­sponse,’’ he said.

‘‘Many Form teach­ers were com­ing to me in the days lead­ing up to the judg­ing to see if it was pos­si­ble to get more boxes.

‘‘We had heaps of ad­di­tional stuff that we couldn’t fit into our al­lo­cated boxes so we es­ti­mate we would have filled about 40 boxes.

‘‘Moss­man State High School has a tra­di­tion of par­tic­i­pat­ing in this project.

‘‘Each year our year eights ar­range toys or other use­ful items to do­nate to this cause.

‘‘The com­pe­ti­tion be­tween classes was very close but it was de­cided that 8C had made the largest con­tri­bu­tion.’’

Visit www.op­er­a­tionchrist­maschild.org.au for more in­for­ma­tion or to be in­volved in this valu­able ser­vice.

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