Africa aid appeal gathers support

A STUDENT appeal for pens and books for children in one of the world’s poorest countries has had an “overwhelming” response.

Colac Secondary College students have stockpiled more than 200 books and 400 pens in the past three months, including a month-long public appeal.

Colac Secondary College student leaders Kye Doensen and Brittnee Colbourne with pens and books people donated for schoolchildren in Malawi, Africa.

The students have packed the objects into boxes to send to schools in Malawi, Africa, with Colac West Rotary Club paying for postage.

College co-captain Brittnee Colbourne said the Corangamite Regional Library Corporation donated about 50 books, including picture books and encyclopedias.

Students had a donation box in the foyer of Colac’s new joint-use library.

“We’re overwhelmed with how much the public supported us,” Brittnee said.

“For the first few weeks, that’s when we probably got the most and the librarians were telling us to take them in,” she said.

“Thank you to the public for their overwhelming support and the library because they were the ones who took them in and looked after the books for us.”

Brittnee said the appeal’s success meant students might consider similar causes in the future.

“It puts in motion that we could possibly do it again next year if we know we have the support from the community,” she said.

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