School rallies for Nepal earthquake survivors
‘‘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.
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.