Date: 29th January 2019
St Margaret’s College staff started the school year by building 20 bicycles and donating them to Heart Kids families, followed by donating 150 school lunches to those in need through the Eat My Lunch initiative.
The activity formed part of the staff team building activity and resulted 20 youngsters getting the surprise of their lives when they walked into the SMC Gym with their parents to see gleaming new bikes waiting for them. Heart Kids is the only New Zealand charity providing support to those with congenital heart defects and childhood heart disease.
“Having a strong, cohesive and empathetic team is a core element of the St Margaret’s culture,” said St Margaret’s College principal, Diana Patchett. “Having the opportunity to support Heart Kids, endorsing philanthropy and generosity of spirit, while also providing our staff with a valuable team building experience was the perfect way to kick off the school year. It was very emotional to see the pure joy on the children’s faces when they came to collect their bikes.”
Margaret Hewett-Hawker, Heart Kids regional family support coordinator, said “Canterbury Heart Kids NZ are deeply moved and grateful for the kindness, generosity and thoughtfulness of the St Margaret’s staff for supporting our Heart Children.”
Parents of four-year-old Heart Kid Harri Brown, Rod and Mel Brown, said they were overwhelmed by the generosity shown. “It’s overwhelming that the amazing people who work at St Margaret’s wanted to support Heart Kids NZ and our son Harri by assembling and gifting him a wonderful bike to ride with a cool helmet, lock and bandana! He loves it, thank you!”
The school then supported the Eat My Lunch programme by providing each staff member with an Eat My Lunch meal. “We traditionally all eat together at the beginning of year and this year we decided to extend this by providing food to those who otherwise would be going hungry,” said Mrs Patchett.
With Eat My Lunch, every lunch bought means they can give a lunch to a Kiwi kid who would otherwise go without.
The St Margaret’s College term starts on Thursday 31 January.
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