do you do with 764 filled pencil cases?
Send them to Zambia.
Local Brixham man, Colin
Westlake, went with his family last year to Zambia, and then
volunteered this summer to run the 5 UK voluntary teams for
Mission Direct, to complete 3 schools for 500 orphans in the
capital city of Lusaka. The 3 schools are Kiine Garden, Garden
Hill and Crown of Life, which are due to open this September.
his wife Judith asked schools and children in Brixham if they
would donate their pencil cases, pens, colouring crayons etc
at the end of their summer term to give to a Zambian orphan,
so that they might embark on their studies with a precious container
Judith Westlake said,”The
children came through with great enthusiasm and a massive 764
pencil cases are going to Zambia on Saturday 3 rd September,
curtsey of BA.”
businesses, having heard of the children's support, generously
donated to a desk appeal. This was the final challenge, to complete
the project. Customers in the shops also stopped and gave on
hearing about the need for desks and some local churches were
moved to raise funds.
Judith said, “Some schools,
businesses and churches have done more than they've been asked
to and I've been so touched by the enthusiasm of people wanting
to help. It is not only helping one generation of Zambian children
but blessing many more to come.”
It really is a big thank
you to everyone who has contributed to the desk appeal as the
desks cost in the region of £70, due to the quality of
the steel, allowing them to be built to last for 10s of years
and with seats for two pupils.
Judith says, “Our target was 100 desks.
We didn't quite reach that, but every desk is one more than
they would have had. Time was limited so I didn't get round
to all of the businesses, so if anyone would like to contribute
a desk or a bit of money towards a desk, they can still go to
and in the notes box when giving the gift please put westlake-zambia.
With Mission Direct every penny goes to the project donated
Judith is very grateful
that the appeal was supported by the following: ACE Taxis, Bait
& Tackle, Brixham Fish & Chip Restaurant, Brixham News.com
, BT Thomas Shop Fitting, Charlie's Gallery, Churchills, Compass
House, Fairwinds Guest House, Hairlines, Hill House, Huckleberrys,
Kaba Kaboo, John Fowler Holiday Park, Laywell House, L J Boyce,
Lytehouse Coffee & Wine Tapas Bar, Lemon Tree Cafe, Lemon
Heaven Cafe, Nicky Stevenson Gallery, Popes the Electrical People,
Primrose Properties, Strand Art Gallery, Sainsburys, Simply
Fish, Staples, The Bay Coffee Company, The Breakwater Bistro.