Hands on Student Volunteers in Sri Lanka

Chris Booth :: Friday 30th June 2023 :: This Story

Picture: /files/press-releases/528/w288/2018-10-03-srilanka.jpgIn support of their newly adopted charity, Ocean Stars, a delegate of staff and students from the Avonbourne Trust headed out to Sri Lanka.

The epic journey saw seven Year 11 and 13 students and four staff members from the Bournemouth multi-academy trust spend five days in the regions of Batticaloa and Trincomalee, where communities have been affected by both the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami, and the 2009 civil war.

Led by the trust's CEO Debbie Godfrey-Phaure, the group volunteered at Ocean Stars' Sri Lankan schools.

Debbie said, "We are absolutely delighted to be adopting Ocean Stars Trust as our charity, especially after witnessing first-hand the tremendous work they are doing in Sri Lanka.

"It is particularly powerful that the charity believes passionately, like us, that education is key to empowering children to a brighter future."

A highlight was witnessing the official opening of a new playground in one of the Ocean Stars' pre-schools. All of the equipment had been paid for by donations to the charity.

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