Students from New College Lanarkshire have donated 476 shoeboxes filled with Christmas gifts to an international aid charity. A huge increase on last year’s impressive total of 267 shoeboxes!
For the last three months, big-hearted fundraisers at the Cumbernauld Campus have raised awareness of the Samaritan’s Purse ‘Shoebox Appeal’, which sends essentials and toys to disadvantaged children around the world.
Students of the NQ Administration and IT course led the fundraising challenge by enlisting support from across the College’s campuses in addition to a number of local businesses.
They held a number of fundraising days to raise awareness of the appeal, and also encouraged students and staff to pass donations on to the Learner Engagement Team and Students’ Association.
Students fundraised through sponsored events, holding stalls in the local Tesco, hosting a coffee morning in Bield Retirement Housing and hosting fundraising events in the Cumbernauld Campus.
Shoeboxes were labelled by gender and age range, and included items such as stationery, toys, clothes, sweets or personal care items like toothpaste and brushes, with each box having a value of between £10-15.
The Appeal was supported by members of the local community as well as staff and students in the College - in particular Elizabeth Fox and tenants at the Bield Retirement Complex, who have supported the cause with their knitting and fundraising for many years; Allana Morrison, Community Champion and staff at Tesco Cumbernauld; Mandy McGuire, Weightwatchers Manager; the College Learner Engagement, Marketing and Communications Team, Nursery, Estates and Customer Service Teams.
The Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Appeal has since 1990 given more than 124 million shoeboxes to children living in poverty across the globe.
Samaritan’s Purse is an international relief and development organisation that works in Africa, Eastern Europe and Central Asia.
Lecturer Beatrice Soutar said: “The students have been an absolute credit to the College during this appeal and we are absolutely delighted with the number of shoeboxes that have been collected! Having chosen this appeal as their class project for a number of years, the students know how important the project is, and conveyed this in their fundraising.
“We couldn’t have done this without the help and support of all at the College and in the local community and I’d like to thank each and every person who helped us reach this fantastic amount. I hope that it will bring a big smile to many children on Christmas Day and that you will remember that during your own festivities.”