You won’t believe how this Year 12 schoolgirl from our Diocese is helping refugees!

You won’t believe how this Year 12 schoolgirl from our Diocese is helping refugees!

Saint Barnabas Parish in Roseneath and Marsden School in Karori joined forces to collect hot-water bottles and covers for Wellington’s refugee community. Back in February, when we had a large intake of 95 refugees, the household lists did not include hot-water bottles. The parish and the school stepped up to fill the need and  approximately 130 hot-water bottles were donated.

20160628_124129 (1)One person in particular ensured that the refugee families would be a little warmer this winter. Year 12 student Jessie Jamison heard about the need and contacted the New Zealand owned company Melric International, which supplies hot-water bottles, and asked for their help. They agreed to a 50% discount for supplying 50 hot-water bottles. Jessie then contacted a Wellington electrical company, NME Electrical, who agreed to partial sponsorship of these bottles.  Jessie funded the remainder out of her own pocket.  Great work Jessie!

Thanks to the generosity of the Saint Barnabas and the Marsden communities, some of Wellington’s newly arrived Refugee families received a surprise gift this week.

 Picture:   Sarah, Jessie, and Patricia in the Marsden Chapel with a sample of the 130 donated Hot water bottles. People from left to Right, Sarah King Marsden Chaplin, Jessie  Jamison year 12 Student Marsden College, Patricia Cooper who co-ordinated the Hot Water Drive at St Barnabas.