A playground in Zimbabwe will be a sea of brightly-coloured T-shirts later this year, thanks to the Geraldine Lioness Club.
Club projects convener Bev Gregan said members decided to buy T-shirts for children at Luhwade Primary School after hearing Geraldine High School teacher Roxy Pitchford speak about her fundraising efforts – she has been involved in building a classroom at the school, and plans to return in September to add a playground.
“We had Roxy come out and speak to us about her project in Zimbabwe, and we were quite impressed with what she’s doing over there, and she mentioned that she’d love to take some T-shirts back for the children because they don’t have many clothes.
“A couple of our members work at the Just Incredible shop in Temuka, and they had T-shirts for $4 each, so we decided the club would buy 100 T-shirts.
“They needed to ring the store’s head office in Christchurch, and they [head office] said they would donate another 20, because they thought it was such a good project.”
Mrs Gregan said club members and members of the public had donated money to buy more of the quality Hanes T-shirts.
The number of T-shirts destined for Zimbabwe had reached 180, ranging in size to fit ages 5 to 13.
“If anybody would like to donate towards this, I will certainly buy more. There’s about 350 children at the school.”
Mrs Gregan said the club’s next fundraiser would be an antiques roadshow held at Stonebridge in September, with proceeds going to the Geraldine Museum.