The PAAC members who delivered the Christmas gifts to vulnerable and needy children at the Orphanage in the Ombili informal settlement, were participating in the project for the third time. It is an annual initiative aimed at providing less fortunate children with the joy of receiving a gift at Christmas time.
The Christmas Shoe Box Project dates back to 1990 when a Welsh couple organised a donation of medical supplies, food, clothing and gifts for children in war-torn Romania.
This year the PAAC members also organised a Christmas Party for the children which included a number of different games in which the children could participate.
“This initiative instils a sense of social responsibility in our students and reminds them to send a message of hope to the less fortunate,” said Alta McNally, Student Counsellor and HIV/Aids Coordinator in the Department of Student Affairs.
Naha Neumbo, PAAC Chairperson, said the Christmas Shoe Box Project reminded the students of how fortunate they are and how much they have to be thankful for. She added that the initiative also offers the Poly students an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of less fortunate children.