Shoeboxes arrive in East Timor

GENEROUS DONATION: Students from Coolum State School with the shoeboxes that were shipped to East Timor.
GENEROUS DONATION: Students from Coolum State School with the shoeboxes that were shipped to East Timor. Contributed.

SCHOOL supplies are something many of us take for granted but for those at Sao Miguel in East Timor, they are not so accessible.

Last week care parcels in the form of 2,000 shoe boxes collected from Coolum, Pacific Paradise, Cooroy and Tewantin State Schools made it through storms and a school-term break to arrive in Timor.

Each shoebox was filled with items including exercise books, rulers, erasers, pens and pencils, and a personal gift for the recipient.

Shipping costs were shared between the Community Bank branches of Bendigo Bank and the Rotary Club of Noosa.

Coolum State School Principal Pat Cavanagh said learning of the arrival of the shoe boxes brought an emotional reaction from the hundreds of students who were involved with the project.

"The students and our school all have a real connection to this project,” he said.

"It's great to see their thoughtfulness come full circle and we're excited and proud to have been part of it all again this year.

"Every shoe box was personally decorated and had educational items to further the education of a child less fortunate than themselves.

"Each student also enclosed something small of theirs such as a soft toy or tennis ball. It added something simple but personal to each box," he added.

The Sao Miguel Community School is home to hundreds of students, but was identified as receiving no help from the Ministry of Education in Timor.

Topics:  aid project east timor state schools sunshine coast

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