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Charity reaches a landmark in aid

(From The Tavistock Times - 8 December 2011)

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A CHARITY that sends basic school supplies to underprivileged countries across the world, has just reached a landmark in the number of boxes to be sent out in a year.

Literacy in a Box Trust, which works in partnership with the Tavistock based south west branch of the charity Operation Sunshine, sent its 100th box of school supplies to help children in Zambia in Autumn 2009.

Since then, the trust has expanded both the size and scope of its project and has just reached another landmark.

The 30 boxes that were loaded onto an Operation Sunshine container in Tavistock recently, brought the total of literacy boxes to be sent out this year alone to 105.

In partnership with Operation Sunshine, 45 boxes have been sent out to Zambia and 20 to Zimbabwe and in partnership with a Southampton-based charity, the Philippines Community Fund, 40 boxes have been sent out to Manila for children living and working in shanty towns, on the edge of rubbish tips.

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Although the trust's primary sponsor is the Rotary Club of Roborough, it is supported by Rotary Clubs throughout the country.

Tavistock Rotary Club had one of the Trust's boxes on display at the recent Dickensian Evening.

A Literacy Box costs £275 and contains enough basic supplies for 25 children.

To provide continuity of supply to just the schools in Zambia that the trust already supplies would need 400 boxes a year.

Anyone who would like to support the trust, either as a volunteer or financially, can call 01752 784540 or email the trust.