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Hamilton High School Students Appeal For Charity

St. Paul's Collegiate on behalf of Waikato Food Bank
November 29, 2001
Media Advisory: Charity Appeal

Hamilton High School Students Appeal For Charity At Xmas

Students from St. Paul's Collegiate will be launching an appeal to the public as well as to students, teachers and parents within their own school to donate gifts and food to the Waikato food bank to help make a merrier Christmas for the less fortunate in the Hamilton community.

"Last year the Waikato Food bank was short of around 1000 presents. That means 1000 people like you and me went through Christmas without receiving any message whatsoever from the public at large that somebody out there cared for them." Said Dileepa Fonseka, one of the St. Paul's Collegiate students involved in the appeal.

"For most of us Christmas is a day of joy and happiness, for some within our community it is just another day living in the same appalling conditions as any other day of the year."

"This year we want to improve that situation and grant the less fortunate in our community one day of rest and happiness."

A main part of this appeal shall be a special Carol Service on Monday the 3rd of December at 7pm in the recently refurbished St. Paul's Collegiate Chapel. "At this service students, parents, teachers and others attending will place gifts underneath the tree. These gifts will then be taken straight to the food bank and distributed to the needy at Christmas time". All members of the media are invited to attend as well as any other members of the community interested in making someone's day merrier this Christmas.

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