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Local radio appeals to community to help children of war get back to school

Wave 105.2FM and international charity Children's Aid Direct have teamed up to launch a regional appeal to help the children of war get back to school for the Millennium. The Wave Care at Christmas Appeal is asking the people of xxxxx to collect simple items, such as pens and pencils, which will make up a School Gift Pack for children who have been unable to return to school because of civil war and conflict in places such as Kosovo, Liberia and Sierra Leone.
David Grubb, Executive Director of Children's Aid Direct and ex-headmaster understands only too well how important education is to children all over the world: "The support of Wave 105.2FM and its listeners will really help to bring hope for the future of children in Kosovo as they face another cruel and hard winter. The School Gift Packs will bring classrooms to life as, village by village, schools re-open. Children must be free to express themselves in writing and drawing and will respond to the security that the schools and teachers offer. Everybody can do something to help, no matter how small, and give a gift to a child who until recently felt that their childhood was over, stolen by conflict."

How you can help get a child back to school:

The School Gift Packs are made up of simple, everyday items that most children in Britain would take to school and should be new. If you are out Christmas shopping please spend a few minutes picking up these extra bits and pieces:


  • Pencils
  • Rulers
  • Rubbers
  • Exercise books
  • Colouring pencils
  • Colouring books


Just put them in a jiffy bag and send either to:

8)Children's Aid Direct, Wave Appeal, 12 Portman Road, Reading, RG30 1EA or

9)send to pack to Wave 105.2 FM at PO Box 105, Fareham, PO15 5YF or

10) hand the pack in at Vauxhall Dealerships across the South East (please ring Wave 105.2FM on 01489 481058 for details of one in your area.)

Children's Aid Direct also urgently need funds to help get the School Gift Packs to the children who will need them next year. If you can make a donation, however small, please send a cheque with your package made payable to Children's Aid Direct. Alternatively, phone the Immediate Action Line on 08701 20 30 40 for credit card donations. Donations can also be made via the Website:

These essential School Gift Packs will be sent initially to Kosovo, and will also be sent to Sierra Leone and Liberia.

Chrissie Gale, Country Representative for Kosovo has seen the benefits that these School Gift Packs can bring to the children. "The children's eyes light up when they receive their packs. It's truly wonderful to see. Something as simple as this can provide children with the basic tools to learn again and to express their hopes and dreams. It makes them all realise that people do care."


Note to editors:

Children's Aid Direct have been working with children all over the world since 1990. The charity works in emergency situations and helps to rebuild the lives of children and communities suffering from conflict, poverty or disaster by providing food, shelter, healthcare, education and safe places to play.

Children's Aid Direct is currently working in Kosovo, Albania, FYRo Macedonia, Azerbaijan, Haiti, Burundi, Sierra Leone, Liberia, The Democratic People's Republic of Korea and Tajikistan.

For more information please contact:
David Witcomb, Media & Marketing Officer

TEL: 0118 9584000
FAX: 0118 9510886