Stockland children inspired to take action

PUBLISHED: 18:40 27 May 2008 | UPDATED: 21:51 15 June 2010

STOCKLAND Primary School pupils held a charity fair after being inspired by the overseas voluntary work of a Kilmington woman. Iris Quick, of Well Mead, spoke to the children about the Yatima Group Trust Fund orphanage in Tanzania, which she has been supp

STOCKLAND Primary School pupils held a charity fair after being inspired by the overseas voluntary work of a Kilmington woman.Iris Quick, of Well Mead, spoke to the children about the Yatima Group Trust Fund orphanage in Tanzania, which she has been supporting since 2004 and has helped with improvements such as the building of dormitories.Touched by pictures of the orphans in Dar-Es-Salaam in such poor living conditions, the pupils decided to organise a fundraising fair to help their plight.With the school parent, teacher and friends' association, Years 5 and 6 set up a cricket tournament and a number of stalls selling goods to raise money for the orphanage.The event took place last Friday afternoon.Teacher Judith Essex said: "The children saw the conditions the orphans were living in - for example, only some can go to school - and could compare it to their own, privileged life and see the vast difference."It made them want to act. They came up with some ideas and decided to run a little fair."Mrs Quick will be coming back after half-term with a DVD of the orphanage so the children can see what's going on there.


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