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