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Pay it Forward Community Projects

Last year our “Pay It Forward” made everyone very aware of helping others in our community, this year we are extending our awareness to the international community.

Over the next 3-4 weeks we have two different projects that we are going to be involved in.

The first, starting this week is fundraising for Polio. This is being done in conjunction with the Rotary Club who has approached our school asking for support to fundraise to help eliminate Polio from all countries. Currently there are only 3 countries where Polio is found. For every $1 we raise, Bill and Melinda Gates (Microsoft) are donating $2. In Totara we are currently reading a book “The Enemy at The Gate” which is about Polio in New Zealand, and the children are very aware of the horrors of Polio.

Starting from Monday we are asking children to bring a gold coin donation along to their syndicate where they will tape their donation on to a letter i.e. P O L I O. Our Goal is to spell out POLIO in gold coins.

Next Friday 24 October a representative from Rotary will come to our assembly to be presented with our donation.

The second project is focused on a Samoan Victim Support Group with an attached orphanage. Mrs. Christy and her family are visiting the orphanage at Christmas with plans to make it a Christmas to remember.

Totara Syndicate is planning to help out by making personal care packs for each of the 57 girls in the orphanage. To help us reach our goal it would be appreciated if you are able to contribute any items from the following list: Toothbrush, toothpaste, hair brush, comb, hair ties, headbands, hair clips, shampoo, conditioner, soap, facecloth, body wash, packets of tissues, fingernail polish, lip gloss, lip balm and sunscreen. These are some of the suggestions that we have come up with. Anything you can contribute will be gratefully received. Once we have the items we will need to share them out into bags that Mrs. Christy has sourced for us. At this stage we would appreciate some help from parents.

The children in Totara are very much behind these projects; it is wonderful to see their compassion and empathy towards children less fortunate than themselves.

Kind regards,

The Totara Team

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