Donates furniture to poor

TWO Belmore schools have collaborated to make a significant donation of disused school furniture to disadvantaged schools in Papua New Guinea.

St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School Belmore and Belmore South Primary School donated a total of 153 school desks, 178 chairs and other classroom equipment which was carefully packed into a large shipping container by school-aged youth volunteers from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Lisa Trewin, School Administrative Manager of Belmore South Primary School, said the school recently installed future focused furniture in their classrooms “so when the opportunity arose to collaborate with the Pacific Assist team and our neighbours at St Joseph’s Primary School, we jumped at the opportunity”.

“We are so happy that our loved classroom furniture will find a new home in Papua New Guinea,” she said.

Elizabeth Russo, Principal of St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, said it was a fabulous initiative, especially working with Belmore South Primary School and Pacific Assist to support other communities.

The project was coordinated by Pacific Assist, an Australian and New Zealand based not-for-profit charity providing education, health and well-being, economic development, and humanitarian assistance to countries in the South Pacific.