A FAMILY somewhere in the world will have emergency shelter thanks to the fund-raising efforts of St Finn Barr's Catholic Primary School year 3-4 class.
As part of their studies about compassion, the class decided to raise money for a shelter box, worth $1000, to be used in a disaster relief area.
A shelter box is a heavy duty container filled with emergency goods such as a tent, thermal blankets, cooking and eating utensils. Shelter Box Australia distributes the boxes in conjunction with Rotary International.
Teacher Jessica Edwards said the children came up with the idea after hearing about the shelter box concept earlier in the year and decided to host a fund-raising afternoon in mid-July to buy one.
Ms Edwards said the class donated toys for sale, did some cooking and hosted activities like face-painting at the school for family, friends and people in the community to attend. ``The children worked really hard at putting this on and raising the money needed,'' Ms Edwards said. ``They're only nine and 10 years old but they came together as a group and worked to achieve this goal.''
Ms Edwards said the pupils raised $917 and the school covered the rest so the box could be purchased.
Shelter Box Australia Tasmania representative Bill Dobson was yesterday shown what the shelter box contained, how it would be used and told where it might go.