About Links with Schools

Extraordinary Activities by Sacred Heart Pupils

The Shelter Box is an initiative, supported by the Rotary Club, providing vital emergency shelter and lifesaving supplies for disaster struck families around the world, at the time when they need it the most. Rotary's goal is to help 50,000 needy families each year. In the 12 years since Shelter Box was founded, lifesaving aid has been given to over one million people, in almost 90 different countries providing them with support following natural or man-made disasters. Each box contains the essentials a family will need to survive in the immediate aftermath of a disaster; each large, green Shelter Box is tailored to the range of disasters that can occur; containing a disaster relief tent for an extended family, blankets, groundsheets, water storage and filtration equipment, cooking utensils, a basic tool kit, a children's activity pack and other vital items.

The students at Sacred Heart RC School raised money through non uniform days to enable the school to purchase a Shelter Box. The cheque for £590 was presented by Assistant Headteacher Sean Conway to Martin Macray the Rotary District Coordinator for Shelter Box in the North East (more information can be found at shelterbox.org).

Sacred Heart School formed links with Redcar Rotary Club more than 7 years ago, and an Interact Club, which is a junior version of the Rotary Club, was established. Members from the Redcar Club regularly attend the school to support the students with fundraising events, student development activities and presentation of awards in achievement assemblies.

The school also gets involved in fundraising for their Partner Ghana Project, where they have visited Ayensudo in Ghana to help develop the school and village. A further two visits are planned by the school to help improve the quality of life for the villagers. One of the aims is to support the prevention of malaria through an education plan and providing funds to pay for the appropriate medication.