Rotary and pupils come together for deprived children

The pupils and Rotarian helpers with the packed schoolbags SUS-150528-164843001
The pupils and Rotarian helpers with the packed schoolbags SUS-150528-164843001

Hassocks Infants School and the Rotary Club of Burgess Hill and District have again worked together to provide schoolbags filled with learning resources for deprived children throughout the world.

Year 2 pupils raised funds for the School in a Bag (SIAB) project, run by the Piers Simon Appeal charity, which delivers backpacks to deprived children all around the world. Each is filled with learning resources to enable children to write, draw, colour, calculate, express themselves and above all learn, giving them the opportunity to enjoy a better life. Bags cost £15 each and are numbered to enable donors to track them.

The charity, which was established in the aftermath of the tsunami in 2004, launched the project in 2009 since when over 52000 bags have been delivered. It featured prominently in a TV documentary broadcast to mark the 10th anniversary of the tsunami. SIAB recently supplied bags to children affected by the devastating earthquake in Nepal.

Last year’s Year 2 pupils raised funds for the project, and 90 bags, jointly funded by the school and the Rotary Club, were packed under the supervision of Luke Simon, the founder of the project. This year’s Year 2 pupils raised almost £1000 and the Club topped this up to fund 90 bags and made a substantial donation to the project. On 19 May members of the Club were at the school to help the children pack the bags, again under the supervision of Luke Simon. He praised the children for their achievement in raising such a fantastic amount, and thanked the headmistress, Jeannie Hughes, for encouraging them to help children less fortunate than themselves.

‘I am delighted that Hassocks Infants School has again collaborated with the Rotary Club of Burgess Hill and District to support this excellent project. The children raised an amazing amount of money and clearly enjoyed packing the bags’ said the Club President, David Wickens.

The Rotary Club of Burgess Hill and District would be delighted to talk to schools and groups who would like to support the project. For more information about this or any other aspect of Rotary please contact the Secretary on 01444230518.

Report and pictures contributed by Rotary Club of Burgess Hill & District .