Downshire pupils boost Nepal appeal

Carrickfergus Rotary Club president Sam Crowe receives a cheque for the purchase of a ShelterBox for Nepal from Downshire School principal Mrs Jackie Stewart.  Also pictured are some of the pupils who led the fundraising efforts.  INCT 27-721-CON
Carrickfergus Rotary Club president Sam Crowe receives a cheque for the purchase of a ShelterBox for Nepal from Downshire School principal Mrs Jackie Stewart. Also pictured are some of the pupils who led the fundraising efforts. INCT 27-721-CON

Families devastated by the recent earthquake in Nepal are to receive vital support thanks to pupils and staff at Downshire.

The school raised funds for the Rotary Club of Carrickfergus ShelterBox appeal, which supports the provision of emergency supplies in the region.

ShelterBox provides an extended family of up to ten people with a tent and life sustaining equipment to use while they are homeless and displaced.

While ShelterBoxes are tailored to meet the needs of disaster victims in particular areas, alongside the tent, a box will typically contain thermal blankets, an insulated ground sheet, and a water purification kit.

A wood burning or multi fuel stove for heating and cooking, a tool kit, cooking and eating utensils and a children’s pack with drawing books, crayons and pens are also included.

Carrickfergus Rotary Club president Sam Crowe visited Downshire School to meet with the principal, Mrs Jacqueline Stewart, and some of the pupils involved in the fundraising.

Following a cheque presentation, he thanked all those pupils present, their parents and their teachers for their generosity and congratulated them on their charitable attitude.

The ShelterBox appeal had special significance for a number of students at the school, according to Mrs Stewart.

“Downshire pupils and staff really wanted to help the people of Nepal, especially as two senior pupils had lived there for many years,” she said.

“A non-uniform day was arranged and supported by years 8 – 11 and staff. All year 12, 13 and 14 were on study leave at the time. Some £500 was raised for this very worthwhile appeal.

“Downshire School is always glad to support the excellent charity work conducted by the Carrickfergus branch of Rotary International.”