Humanities News

Christmas gifts!

Launceston College have been running a successful alternative to gift giving for the last few years. We sell gift cards that give a gift to a student in our partner school in Uganda. Our current selection is: A student will receive porridge every day for a whole term – £1.00. A share in a pig – £1.00. A whole pig £15.00. A year’s sponsorship -£100. A year’s sponsorship plus boarding at the school £240. All of these gifts come with a lovely card to give your recipient, if you would like to buy one please visit the Rotary shop on Southgate Street in Launceston or visit reception at the college.

We are also collecting a number of items to take to the school during our visit in 2020. During her visit in 2018 one student, Jess Hill realised the importance of female education. She has raised the money to visit the school again in 2020, with the aim of running a project for the girls at the school to raise awareness of this issue. This is intended to empower the girls and provide more opportunities for them to value themselves and be able to access education about health, amongst many other things.

With help from Launceston Rotary and Girl Guides South West, Jess has been making toiletry bags to take with her to help the students at the school. They will contain basic toiletry items and sanitary products. She is also fundraising to buy sewing machines, which will be used to make reusable sanitary towels, that the girls at the school can sell within the local community to provide an income. If you would like to donate any toiletry items that we can use to fill these bags, please take your donations to Launceston Travel in the arcade, or the Rotary shop, who have very kindly offered to be collect these items for us. Alternatively, you can also drop them to reception at the College. We are looking for toothpaste, toothbrushes, flannels, soap, combs, hair bands, etc. As well as this, we are collecting new packs of pants & socks, many students and staff at the school desperately need these items, these can be for any age or gender. We are also collecting bras, these can be old bras that you longer wear and would be happy to donate. Again, these can be donated at the collection points.

This will be just one of many projects that we are planning as we move towards 2020 and our next visit to Bunjakko. The students are busy planning many events to raise money to support our visit, this includes a ‘Wine & Wisdom’ at the College on Friday 31st January. If you would like to book a table, please email £30 for a table of 6.

Thank you very much for your support.

Emma Thompson Trip Leader