School ral­lies for Nepal earth­quake sur­vivors

The Tribune (NZ) - - FRONT PAGE - RICHARD MAYS

‘‘It’s all about one com­mu­nity help­ing another’’ Kris Fun­nell Deputy prin­ci­pal

Celebrity lunches for $2.50, a sales day, a mufti day, guess the jellybeans in the jar, a doc­u­men­tary film and a cos­tumed fi­nale have all been part of a com­pre­hen­sive fundrais­ing ini­tia­tive in aid of Nepalese earth­quake vic­tims at Ter­race End School.

Spear­headed by the decile 3 school’s lead­er­ship group – a think tank of year 5-6 chil­dren – the multi-pronged pro­ject man­aged to raise $500.

A fea­ture of the fundraiser were two ‘‘celebrity’’ lunches with the chil­dren pay­ing $2.50 to share hot cho­co­late and sausage rolls with the school’s grounds­man Shane Dou­glas; and egg sand­wiches with Manawatu Jets as­sis­tant coach Miles Pearce.

‘‘The kids would also love to have lunch with Shane Rufer,’’ deputy prin­ci­pal Kris Fun­nell says.

‘‘But he was un­avail­able, over­seas at the time.’’

The two celebrity lunches raised more than $100 each, with more than $100 com­ing from the mufti day, and $75 re­alised from the sales day – and all from a school with a roll of 138.

Kris says the pro­ject in­volved mem­bers of the school’s lead­er­ship team tak­ing re­spon­si­bil­ity for think­ing up and or­gan­is­ing the var­i­ous as­pects of the fundrais­ing pro­ject.

The aim, she says, was to help them be­come aware of peo­ple be­yond their im­me­di­ate bound­aries, es­pe­cially be­cause there are quite a few ESOL (English Speak­ers of other Lan­guages) stu­dents at the school.

They rep­re­sent a range of cul­tures from the Pa­cific, Asia and the Mid­dle East.

‘‘It’s all about one com­mu­nity help­ing another,’’ Kris says.

As well as ‘‘keep­ing the books’’ and doc­u­men­ta­tion of their ef­forts, the chil­dren are also cre­at­ing a doc­u­men­tary video on their fundrais­ing pro­ject, which cul­mi­nated at a school cer­e­mony at­tended by mem­bers of the Bhutanese Nepalese com­mu­nity dressed in na­tional cos­tume and lo­cal rep­re­sen­ta­tives of Red Cross.

‘‘It may no longer be in the head­lines, but the need is still very great,’’ school prin­ci­pal Sue Al­lomes says.

Kan­dace Humphries from the aid or­gan­i­sa­tion told the chil­dren about the work Red Cross is con­tin­u­ing in the quake-stricken coun­try, pro­vid­ing hun­dreds of tar­pau­lins to pro­tect peo­ple from the mon­soon rains, as well as sup­ply­ing clean wa­ter, health ser­vices, and search and res­cue train­ing.

‘‘There are some ar­eas that still haven’t been con­tacted yet since the earth­quake,’’ Kan­dace says.

She adds that more than 300,000 houses had been de­stroyed by the earth­quakes that struck Nepal in April and May.

PHOTO: WAR­WICK SMITH/ FAIR­FAX NZ

In front of the video cam­era, Myeisha Lewis, 10, of the Ter­race End School lead­er­ship group presents the re­sults of a school fundrais­ing ef­fort for sur­vivors of the Nepalese earth­quakes, with Bikram Pandey and Kan­dace Humphries from the Red Cross in the back­ground.

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