Cedar School Teacher, Tim Reilly explained that both donations originated from the students who are in their primary school class and were tasked to complete an exhibition project as part of the school’s international Baccalaureate Primary Year program.
Mr. Reilly explained: “The exhibition project allows students to take ownership of a passion that they have and if they see a problem within their passion — for example this group after doing extensive research decided to focus on children…without shoes – which prompted their donation.”
Students Bella O’Reilly, Giselle Archibald-Bowers, James Rajic-Knight, Maximilian Esser, and Jasper Forte impressively spearheaded a campaign to raise awareness of the plight of children without shoes in Africa. They collected bags of shoes which were divided between the BVI Red Cross and a Tanzania orphanage.
Mr. Reilly explained that the children were inspired by the Tom’s shoe company’s shoe program and decided to do something similar. They researched and found the Tanzania orphanage to which they were able to ship shoes with the help of DHL.
Bella explained that the group of students wanted to do something local as well after they did the global component of the project and decided on the Red Cross.
Maximilian explained that the students had a shoe drive and did fundraisers such as a swimathon at the Lambert Pool and a flip flop day at their school resulting in the raising of $2,200.
Giselle explained the importance of the shoe initiative by pointing out that some children at the orphanage couldn’t go to school because they had no shoes. At which point Jasper talked about the effects of not wearing shoes.
Director of the BVI Red Cross, Mrs. Helen Frett commended the students for what she termed an inspiring endeavor and thanked them for considering the BVI Red Cross which she explained is a humanitarian organization that assists people in need; and welcomes donations.