Keren White is managing an appeal to get jandals on the
feet of Filipino school children. Photo by Gregor
A Mosgiel church is ensuring children in the Philippines
have a spring in their step.
St Luke's on the Taieri vicar the Rev Stephen White said the
Anglican church had raised $330 for the Tear Fund charity to
buy 66 pairs of jandals for school children in the poorest
part of the Philippines.
''Given the massive cyclone that hit the Philippines ... we
thought that it was a practical way that we could help,'' Mr
In the Philippines, the roads were ''rough and
uncomfortable'' and many children walked to school in bare
''A simple pair of jandals means they can walk much more
comfortably and safely and won't get their feet cut walking
to school,'' Mr White said.
When the $5 cost of a pair of jandals was donated his
daughter Keren, who is managing the appeal, pinned a picture
of flip-flops on a church noticeboard to inform parishioners
another child was being helped.
Miss White said it was the first appeal she had managed and
she urged anyone wanting to give money to buy jandals to
''It's a good way to give back to others who don't have the
basics of life.''