STUDENTS and staff from the Gateway Academy dug deep into their pockets and donated shoe boxes filled with lots of lovely items for children less fortunate than themselves, just in time for Christmas.
The Academy challenged each college to compete for the most amount of boxes filled, with the winning Pride College taking centre stage with 31 boxes! A special mention also needs to be for Mrs Gail Scott, Librarian, who collects items all year round for the cause.
Students were really humbled whilst carrying out this seasonal task. With comments such as “Christmas is for sharing”, “Not a lot of children around the World have been given the same opportunity as us” to “Small things to us mean big things to others who are less fortunate and don’t have anything”, the fulfilling exercise clearly had a reflective effect on many.
Head of Religious Studies, Mrs Delia Webster, said “We would like to thank all staff and students that kindly donated towards this worthwhile campaign, this year’s 81 boxes has got to be a record for the Gateway Academy! The boxes will be delivered to children who are less fortunate, courtesy of Samaritan’s Purse, and are destined for Zambia.”
The charity, Samaritan’s Purse, always make a yearly pilgrimage to hand out the special treats to children in countries that are victims of war, famine, poverty and natural disasters.