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Peterhouse Girls

National Christmas Box Challenge 2017

Managed by the Peterhouse Interact Club and staff of Springvale house, in partnership with Miracle Missions, Spar, Hunyani Packaging, Rank Stationers and Vimba.

Many thanks to the Heads, to Parents and of course the children of The Peterhouse Group of Schools for their support in putting together boxes of joy for the children of St Francis.

To refresh your memories, this annual countrywide project is aimed at helping as many vulnerable school going children as possible to start the 2018 New Year with the necessary educational stationery, equipment and hygiene items needed for approximately one term’s worth of school work.

The above sponsors donated the cardboard cases and our job was to fold them into shape, fill them & distribute them to the pupils of St Francis School (situated next to Peterhouse Girls). Pupils were asked to bring certain stationery items to school, which were used to fill the boxes. Thank you to those who provided more than what was listed, and a special thank you to Jill Jury, who donated an excess of 350 prime reading books to include in each box.

All the stationery was collected, and where essential stationery items were lacking the Interact Club funded the purchase of the necessary items. 14 C Block girls folded all 350 boxes, and filled 200 of them with books and stationery, leaving the Interact Club members, with the help of 5 D Block girls, only 150 boxes to fill. Our thanks go to those selfless girls for their incredible commitment to the cause.
At the St Francis Speech day and opening of the new ECD Centre on the 29th of November 2017, 20 boxes were displayed for the children to see what was to come in the near future. Mrs Gono was very grateful and acknowledged the sponsors of the boxes, as well as the Peterhouse Group of Schools for their thoughtfulness and kind gesture.

The remaining 330 boxes were finally delivered to St Francis School on Tuesday 5 December. St Francis has 423 pupils in total, but the ECD children have recently been built a new classroom block (a donation from the Peterhouse UK Appeal Fund) so the recipients of the boxes were from grades 1 -7.
What a heartwarming experience this has been for the Peterhouse Group pupils. An appropriate and literal ‘Christmas Box’ to the St Francis children who can look forward to a new year with hope knowing they have the majority of stationery they need, plus some ‘luxury’ goodies too!

Thank you once again to you all for you generosity. May you be blessed this festive season as you have blessed others.

Merry Christmas!

Chipo Mtakwa – Interact Club