Catholic schools across Sydney have responded with great generosity to a book drive for Lasallian primary schools in Papua New Guinea.
The book drive was triggered by a visit to PNG earlier this year by Lasallian Mission Council Executive Director Merv McCormack and Auxiliary Visitor Br Chris Gorringe.
They were both amazed by the commitment and dedication of the primary school teachers who, despite a lack of resources such as books, continue to make an impact in the learning outcomes of children and a difference in their lives.
The first Sydney school to help in the book drive was St Christopher's Primary School in Panania which has also kindly agreed to donate furniture for schools in PNG.
All Saints College Liverpool has also offered to donate furniture to PNG schools.
Staff at the Provincial office have started filling a shipping container at La Salle College Bankstown and are grateful to Principal Michael Egan for setting aside space at his school for the container.
Special thanks to the primary schools that have donated so generously to the book drive, including St Michael's School at Belfield, St Mark's School in Drummoyne, St Brigid's School in Marrickville, All Hallows School at Five Dock, Villa Maria School in Hunters Hill, St Ambrose's School in West Concord, Our Lady Queen of Peace School in Gladesville and St Therese's School in Lakemba.
Generous donations of school uniforms have also been received and the Lasallian Mission Council is most grateful for the tremendous response from all the schools involved.
The donations will be sent to PNG early in 2016.