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    2019 - 06.21

    A student at the Pango Centre School library in Vanuatu before it was ruined by Cyclone Pam.CLEVELAND District State High school is organising a Monster Garage Sale on Saturday, May 16 to raise money for Vanuatu relief efforts.
    Nanjing Night Net

    The fundraising event will be held in the Smith Street Community Hall and locals are encouraged to donate items for the sale.

    The school has close ties with Pango Village, a town close to Port Vila, and money raised will fund Cleveland High’s Vanuatu Library Project.

    Deputy principal Robyn Przewloka said her school had formed a strong bond with Pango Centre School for the past 10 years by helping build libraries and classrooms.

    “In addition to supporting our sister school community, our staff and students have built a kindergarten and resourced a number of kindergartens and school libraries in the area,” she said.

    She said that after the devastation of the cyclone, the school had been fundraising to help the people of Pango Village.

    “Our immediate concern is food and repairs to the school and kindergarten,” she said.

    The school’s chaplain, Neale Collier, was currently in Vanuatu and had arranged rebuilding with the funds raised so far.

    “He has also bought beans, cabbage, sweet potato, yams and roasted peanuts and has been delivering those items to families throughout the village,” she said.

    Mr Collier said now that immediate concerns of repairs and food relief were being relieved, it was time to concentrate on replacing the libraries that were lost in the cyclone.

    “A lack of literacy in the Pacific Islands is a major problem and Vanuatu is considered one of the worst,” he said.

    “Vanuatu has dedicated teachers, but poor teaching and learning resources.”

    He said the school dispatched a team to build libraries in three remote schools in Espiritu Santo in 2014.

    “The books have resulted in an immediate improvement in literacy, more enthusiasm for reading among children and resources for teachers,” he said.

    Items can be dropped off at Smith Street community hall on Friday, May 15 from 10am to 7pm, but larger items can be picked up by a volunteer.

    For more information or to have an item picked up, contact the school on 3824 9222 with your name, address and a brief description of the items to pick up.

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