Fill­ing shoe boxes to take so­cial ac­tion

Horowhenua Chronicle - - NEWS - By SADIE BECK­MAN

Horowhenua Col­lege’s Year 10 so­cial sci­ences classes have been learn­ing about so­cial ac­tion, cul­mi­nat­ing in a fundrais­ing ex­trav­a­ganza for an an­nual Fill A Shoe­box ap­peal.

Stu­dents held a fes­ti­val on Tues­day lunchtime, with raf­fles, food stalls, bak­ing, a bar­be­cue, games and ac­tiv­i­ties to raise money for the ap­peal, which do­nates shoe­boxes full of treats and good­ies to chil­dren who would oth­er­wise have missed out on Christ­mas presents due to hard­ship and fam­ily cir­cum­stances.

Five classes took part in run­ning the event, hav­ing spent the last cou­ple of weeks pre­par­ing and plan­ning.

Horowhenua District Coun­cil also sup­plied free use of their in­flat­able foot­ball pitch to en­ter­tain the crowds.

Some stu­dents had also do­nated in other ways to the ap­peal. Jenny Su, 15, worked part-time in her par­ents’ shop and do­nated half her wages, to­talling over $100 to the ap­peal.

“I just thought other peo­ple might need it more than me,” she said.

Fill A Shoe­box or­gan­is­ers Therase Apatu and Sgt Beth Pur­cell of Levin Po­lice also at­tended at the event.

The col­lege’s head of so­cial sci­ences Kathy Grey said the money raised would be counted up, then the in­di­vid­ual classes would go shop­ping to buy spec­i­fied items to put in the shoe­boxes.

She said that last year the col­lege had filled 70 shoe­boxes, but that this year they planned to dou­ble that fig­ure.

Ms Apatu said the ap­peal aimed to fill and dis­trib­ute 1500 shoe­boxes in the Horowhenua com­mu­nity. Last year they filled and dis­trib­uted 1000 of the boxes to 750 fam­i­lies who would oth­er­wise not have been able to af­ford to pro­vide Christ­mas gifts to their chil­dren.

She said in­di­vid­u­als, busi­nesses and or­gan­i­sa­tions were still be­ing sought to fill a shoe­box, and those in­ter­ested in help­ing could email her at therase.apatu@ot.govt.nz

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(L-R) Horowhenua District Coun­cil Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­ment Ad­vi­sor So­phie Par­rant, Fill A Shoe­box or­gan­iser Therase Apatu, coor­gan­iser Sgt Beth Pur­cell and Horowhenua Col­lege Head of So­cial Sci­ences Kathy Grey.

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Horowhenua Col­lege teacher Lizzy Dyer in elf cos­tume with stu­dents at the Fill A Shoe­box Christ­mas fundraiser.

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