St Mary's pupils spread the cheer

KAT DUGGAN
Last updated 07:33 11/12/2013
St Marys School
Emma Allen

Johns Kitchen manager, John Symington, Liam McKendrick, volunteer Jeanette Boddy, Grace Gamble, Briahna Adams, Madison Charman and Ben Theyers.

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Two classrooms of pupils from St Mary's School in Blenheim decided they wanted to help spread the cheer to those less fortunate in Marlborough this Christmas.

Room 9 teacher Helen Sloan said each term this year the students had been collecting money which was usually sent overseas to mission areas through the church.

"Last term we decided we would save up for something in Blenheim . . . my class, the 6-year-olds, wanted to help feed people who couldn't afford food," she said.

After deciding to help John's Kitchen at the Crossroads Community Centre, Room 9 and their buddy class, Room 4, began taking money to school.

They were only to take as much as they could afford, or wanted to bring, she said.

On Friday, the children walked to John's Kitchen together to deliver a cheque for $91.60, along with cans of non-perishable food the children had collected.

"I thought it would be nice to actually deliver the cheque and one of the mums thought it would be nice to bring the cans," Mrs Sloan said.

Crossroads manager John Symington accepted the donations on behalf of the charity and said it was great for the children to see another way of living.

"Most of the people who come here are disadvantaged and I think the main reason people come here is because they are lonely and they know it's safe here.

"We couldn't do it without the support and the schools around the district help us a lot.

"From the primary schools to the high schools, they help in whatever way that they can," he said.

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