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'Phil' the Bag Success!

Ripley pupils make a real difference for school children in Zimbabwe.

Ripley Court pupils have raised a commendable £402.50 for school children in Zimbabwe by holding their annual ‘Phil the Bag’ campaign, in which they donated their unwanted clothes, shoes and textiles.

Pupils, teachers and staff from the school were asked to fill a bag with unwanted items and bring it into school. The hardworking Year 7 and 8 pupils then oversaw the collection and loading of the bags onto the ‘Phil the Bag’ van and carefully counted them as they went.  Well over 200 bags were counted and the van was packed to bursting point.  A weighty 1150kg of textiles were collected on the day, which are then sorted, sold and distributed to people who can use them in developing countries, and in doing so also relieve the burden on landfill and the environment.

The pupils have taken part in this project for several years now and they have already helped renovate and paint classrooms and supply furniture and chairs for the children at Mtswayeli, Ngamo and Kapane Schools in Zimbabwe, an initiative driven by Imvelo Safaris Lodges. This year’s donation will help renovate and paint a further classroom and provide another full set of brightly painted kindergarten chairs and tables for a class of 40 children. This vital renovation should start as early as January 2017.

Senior Master Steve Brunning said “It’s great to see our pupils get stuck into this project each year and their excitement and passion to help the children in Zimbabwe to get off the floor and on to chairs is fantastic to see. This is our most successful collection yet and we are delighted to make a difference to the children in Zimbabwe who deserve to have fully functioning and equipped classrooms to learn in.”