Stu­dents to lend a help­ing hand

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News -

SHEN­TON Col­lege stu­dents will build 21 pros­thetic hands for peo­ple in de­vel­op­ing coun­tries as part of an in­ter­na­tional ser­vice project to help those less for­tu­nate.

Some 127 Year 9 stu­dents will take on the project, join­ing UWA med­i­cal stu­dents and Year 12 stu­dents in help­ing to build the hands.

The project, which is part of the Help­ing Hands pro­gram, is a team build­ing ac­tiv­ity to build hands that are then do­nated to am­putee vic­tims through­out the de­vel­op­ing world.

The school and the P&C have do­nated $9000 for the project.

The stu­dents will start on the project to­mor­row out­side of school hours.

Head of learn­ing and com­mu­nity Gary Green said he wanted stu­dents to be more aware of the world around them and the im­por­tance of help­ing peo­ple.

“The world is our re­spon­si­bil­ity and we want to en­cour­age the stu­dents to take care of other peo­ple and en­gage with the com­mu­nity,” he said.

Mr Green said he wanted stu­dents to con­nect to the project and take part be­cause they were pas­sion­ate about the cause rather than it be­ing com­pul­sory.

“The pro­gram was op­tional and a lot of them de­cided to give up their own time to make the hands,” he said.

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