Farnborough school children collect donations for Zambia


Students from Salesian College in Farnborough, Hampshire with donations they sent to Zambia

Students at a Catholic high school in Farnborough, Hampshire, have organized a collection to send to young people in Zambia.

Salesian College students and the wider community collected and donated many boxes of sports equipment, shoes, shirts and uniforms to send to college-supported projects in Zambia in the Salesian town of hope in Lusaka.

Surridge Sport contributed to the donation by offering over £5,000 worth of new Salesian clothing to send.

Danny Vilia from Surridge said: “At Surridge Sport we enjoy working with our school partners in a variety of ways and not just as a kit supplier.

“Helping charities is at the heart of our business and while facilitating the transition within schools when changing suppliers, we are also looking at options for using outgoing stock.

“In this case, we have provided a huge range of kits to a chosen community in Zambia which we are extremely proud to be able to help in partnership with the Salesian College.”

Garth Matthews and his company Land and Marine Products LTD organized and covered all expenses to transport the products to Zambia, while the Salesian College PTA team collected and packed all the boxes.

Mr. Maher, head of sixth grade at the Salesian College, said: “The PTA led by Betina with the support of the PE department has done an incredible job preparing a shipment of clothes, shoes and even glasses ready to be sent to the Salesian communities in Zambia.

“The shipment will arrive at the Salesian City of Hope in Lusaka and then travel to the Salesian communities in the most remote areas.

“Access to the uniform can prevent access to school and the lack of football or netball clothing makes team sport difficult. You have made school and the playground possible, themes Central Salesians and a great Salesian team effort.”

Garth Matthews of Land and Marine said: “As a manufacturer of maritime safety equipment, Land & Marine generally focuses its support on projects involving volunteer sea rescue agencies.

“The period of confinement has made it difficult for us to support these projects, so we have welcomed the opportunity to branch out a bit this year and support such a worthy cause. Thank you to everyone involved for helping to bring this to fruition. this goal.”

Abi Morgan, Head of North Farnborough Infant School, and Chris Holden, Head of English, donated books from Oxford Reading Tree and said they hoped Zambian pupils would enjoy reading The Adventures of Magic Key as much than their students.

Two adults standing next to a small table full of children's books
Books donated to Zambia as part of Salesian College initiative

Ms. Betina McEvoy of the college’s PTA team played a lead role in coordinating donations.

She said: “When the new PE kit was introduced, the PTA decided to make a big vacuum in the used uniform store.

“Since we couldn’t bring any branded uniform items to the local charity shops, we decided to investigate shipping all of this to the kindergarten, school and orphanage that the College supports in Zambia.”

Also, the college was contacted by a parent who offered to organize and pay for all the donations provided to be shipped.

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