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Shoebox Appeal 2009


Hillpark Breaks The 30 Box Barrier With Shoebox Appeal



The autism unit has had a great response for their appeal, with over thirty boxes filled, in aid of The New Hope Trusts Christmas Shoebox Appeal 2009.


The New Hope Trust is a charity based in Peterhead in the north of Scotland that helps provide orphanages in Moldova with basic items that we often take for granted. The committee, made up of Matthew, Dean, Yakov, Paul, Cameron and Ryan appealed to pupils and staff of Hillpark using various methods available to them. Included was a PowerPoint which was displayed in the dining centre and showed pictures of some of the orphans who they were appealing for. The appeal was for some of the most basic hygiene items such as Soap, shampoo, toothbrushes and toothpaste. Another tool they used was the tannoy announcement where Mrs Donnelly very kindly allowed the committee to list the various items that they were looking for.


As well as working hard on posters the group also issued each first year registration class with empty boxes to collect objects in. The appeal was aimed at teenage boys and girls and the shoeboxes were wrapped accordingly. “Many hands make light work” said Matthew as he and the others crammed the shoeboxes full of goodies. A rather excited Paul also commented “If you give a little, you get back a whole lot more”. The boxes were collected on Monday 15th December and are en route to the children in Moldova. The committee would like to express their sincere gratitude to all staff and pupils who helped make their appeal a great success.