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Fundraising for Haiti

By Lauren Mulvenny

Local people have been digging deep to raise money for relief work in Haiti, following January’s devastating earthquake.

Pupils at Ashfield Girl’s High School held a funky hair and hat day last week to raise money for Shelterbox, an international disaster relief charity.

And the school was inspired to support Shelterbox following a visit from local Rotarian Trudy Montgomery, who demonstrated what one Shelterbox could offer.

Each box is designed to provide instant living accommodation to an extended family of 10.

It contains a tent, sleeping facilities, blankets, water carrier and purification equipment, cooking equipment and eating utensils, waterproof clothing, rope and tools.

And children are also catered for, with colouring books, crayons and small toys included.

Rotary clubs across Ireland have been encouraging others to raise money for Shelterbox.

Trudy Montgomery said: “After I displayed the Shelterbox the pupils wanted to help.

“Now down to their generosity it looks like a further three boxes could be winging their way to assist three desperate families.

“On behalf of the local Rotary Club I just want to say a big thank-you to the school for its generosity.”

And the fundraising efforts continued at Cregagh Primary School, as pupils pulled on their coolest clothes and sported their wackiest hairstyles to raise a total of £374.

Ronnie Milligan, School Principal, said: “We are very much a community oriented school, which means being part of a global community as well as a local one.

“Our parents and children are always keen to play their part in helping those less fortunate.

“Cregagh Primary School has a long history of philanthropy. Every year we try to support two or three charitable organisations. This money will hopefully help make a difference.”

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