The first and major shipment of school supplies has been loaded in a container and is on its way to the Solomon Islands.
The consignment consisted of 15 cubic metres of boxes packed with almost 700 complete back packs, hats, Bibles, children’s school books, school uniforms, computers and an amazing amount of donated school supplies which didn’t fit into the back packs.
Project coordinator Ms Heather den Houting said that there had been some delays due to the recent unrest but she is confident that the material will now be able to be transported safely to its destination.
The material will travel via Honiara to Munda in the Western Province where it will be distributed by partner church the United Church in Solomon Islands.
Ms den Houting said that people should not worry if they haven’t yet returned their back packs.
“You have missed the first and major shipment, but we will be regularly shipping other material to the Solomon Islands for the rest of the year and your packs will go with these shipments.”
Ms den Houting said part of the joy of the project has been the stories of incredible generosity.
“From the newsagents who willingly became involved in the scheme in their local communities, to the donations of a huge number of stationary items from unexpected sources, to the volunteers who assisted in the mammoth task of checking and packing the back packs.
“We are thankful to all of you who participated and promoted the project across Australia.
“The response has overwhelmed us.”
For more details click here to email Heather.
Photo : One of the truckloads of school supplies leaves the Synod Office. Photo by Osker Lau