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A new volunteer at School Aid

We are always delighted to welcome new volunteers to the School Aid warehouse. Here is a photo of one of our longstanding volunteers, Robert McGowen, with his son and grandson.

Baxter, Robert's grandson, had a fabulous time stamping books, ready to be packed up into boxes.

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Riverside Primary School raise money from a Bake Sale

The children from Riverside Primary School in Stirling raised a fantastic £603.50 for School Aid by organising a Bake Sale.

We received a lovely letter from the P7's, who said they had organised this Bake Sale to help children in Africa, who are not as lucky as them. Their topic this term was Africa and they wanted to help children in any way they could. They went around the different classes selling cakes, biscuits and other sweet things. They hope the money they raised would benefit children across Africa, providing them with resources and stationery.

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Play Association benefit from donated books

Occasionally we get donations of books which are not suitable for sending out to Africa so we would try and link in with other charitable organisations who could use these wonderful books.

Play Association is a charity founded in 2003 by a group of local people who recognised the need to support and create high quality accessible play opportunities for children and young people living in West London. We were able to pass on 10 boxes of Usborne Books (linguistic, cooking, Christmas etc) which had been donated in December 2017.

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Latest shipment to Lesotho leaves warehouse

Volunteers loaded a 20 foot container, which left the School Aid warehouse on 10th January, with 18,620 books, supporting 6,9954 children, at 13 schools and reading clubs. 

This shipment is expected to arrive in Lesotho in mid February and will then be distributed in and around Maseru, the capital of Lesotho.

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Bridge afternoon is a great success

A Bridge Afternoon, held in aid of School Aid, took place on 29th November 2017 at the Chalfont St Peter Community Centre.

The Bridge afternoon was organised by Roselle Beard, a volunteer with School Aid. There were 22 tables taking part and with the sale of cakes and raffle tickets the afternoon raised an amazing sum of £1470. Thanks go to Roselle who worked very hard to make this event a success.

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Visit to schools in Cape Town

During a recent holiday in the Western Cape, I had the wonderful opportunity to visit two schools on the outskirts of Cape Town and see for myself what a difference our books make.

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