Vi­sion for help­ing China

Central Leader - - News - By Lisa Sloan

Chil­dren at Ep­som Nor­mal Pri­mary know how im­por­tant it is to show con­cern for peo­ple less for­tu­nate than them.

They have raised more than $2000 to help vic­tims of last month’s earth­quake in Sichuan, China.

On May 28 chil­dren dressed up in tra­di­tional Chi­nese cos­tume or red out­fits to show their sup­port for those in­jured or killed in the May 12 quake. They took part in a coin trail and put small can­dles in the shape of a heart in the school court­yard.

Chil­dren also sold sushi for two weeks to raise more money.

The project was or­gan­ised to con­trib­ute to a $14 mil­lion World Vi­sion fund which will pro­vide re­lief to more than a quar­ter of a mil­lion peo­ple af­fected by the earth­quake.

As­so­ci­ate prin­ci­pal Mark Has­sall says the event was a great suc­cess.

“It went well and we are very pleased,” he says.

“Ev­ery­one re­ally got into the spirit of it.”

The chil­dren man­aged to raise $2300 to give to World Vi­sion.

Their con­tri­bu­tion will go to- wards emer­gency items such as quilts, tents, tar­pau­lins and other aid to help about 100,000 of more than 46 mil­lion peo­ple af­fected by the quake.

World Vi­sion chief ex­ec­u­tive Lisa Cescon says it is nec­es­sary for all of its of­fices to be in­volved in help­ing out.

“We are very happy to step up our re­sponse here and pro­vide a way for New Zealan­ders to be a part of the ef­fort,” she says.

More than 67,000 peo­ple were killed in the earth­quake and 361,000 in­jured.

For more in­for­ma­tion www.world­vi­sion.org.nz.

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Photo: JA­SON OXENHAM

Liv­ing and giv­ing: Ep­som Nor­mal Pri­mary School chil­dren do­nate coins for the World Vi­sion Sichuan earth­quake re­lief ef­fort.

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