School in­spires sup­port

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By KA­T­RINA TANIRAU

In 2002, Gemma Sisia and Kim Sav­ille along with An­gela Bai­ley and three stu­dents, started the School of St Jude in the Arusha re­gion in Tan­za­nia, East Africa.

Eleven years later, the school has a roll of 1600 and ev­ery year thou­sands of ap­pli­ca­tions are re­ceived to se­cure one of 150 places.

Ro­tary Club of Mata­mata pres­i­dent Graeme Guil­ford said when he vis­ited in Jan­uary 2006, he was im­pressed by the level of en­thu­si­asm.

‘‘ The bell rang and th­ese kids would drop what they were do­ing and start sprint­ing to­ward the class room yelling, ‘yay, yay’,’’ he said. ‘‘They are so ea­ger to learn.’’ That visit prompted Mr Guil­ford and his wife to start spon­sor­ing a child at­tend­ing the school.

‘‘The best thing about sup­port­ing this school is that ev­ery cent that is do­nated, goes di­rectly back to the school and its lo­cal com­mu­nity.’’

The Ro­tary Club of Mata­mata, Mata­mata Ki­wa­nis, Hin­uera/Te Poi and Mata­mata Lions have come to­gether to raise funds for the school.

On April 9, Kim Sav­ille will be in Mata­mata to give a pre­sen­ta­tion about the work that has been done at the School of St Jude.

For $30, peo­ple will get a twocourse meal, hear Kim speak and $5 will go di­rectly to the school.

There are also other things planned for the night to raise funds but the de­tails of th­ese are yet to be con­firmed.

‘‘Kim trav­els all over the world spread­ing the word about what is be­ing achieved at the School of St Jude,’’ Mr Guil­ford said.

‘‘ Mata­mata is such a gen­er­ous com­mu­nity. I’m sure we can do our bit.’’


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