Dress Down day nets tsunami aid

Students and staff of the George Hicks High school have a long tradition of giving to help others less fortunate.

They were particularly concerned about the Asian tsunami victims and they heard about a Rotary shelter box scheme, which airlifts emergency aid boxes to disaster areas.

Action is immediate. Each box, contains a tent, sleeping bags, utensils, water purification tablets and other items to support 10 people and is dispatched by Rotary International within hours, when help is most needed.

Students were allowed to give up school uniforms for a day and dress down day in return for a contribution to the fund. They raised $1,600. A further $940 was added from a staff fund-raising lunch generously donated by ‘Bayside’ and ‘Gateway of India’

All the Cayman Rotary Clubs and Inner Wheel have provided funds to buy the boxes and they welcomed this unique initiative from the Staff and students of George Hicks High School. ‘What a great example’ said John Elliott, President of Rotary Central ‘Most of these youngsters have suffered from our own local storm problems – but have been deeply concerned for the tsunami victims; a lesson for all of us’.

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