Dio’s Caring Shed kept full three Year 6
students at Diocesan Junior School worked
hard for Monte’s families, by promoting the Caring Shed at their school.Sarah
Hurdley, Charlotte Horton and Imogen Hill have served as Dio Caring Shed
monitors, encouraging other pupils and their parents to donate household items
for the shed. “Our Caring Shed is right next to the school gates,” Sarah
explains. “So it’s really easy for girls or their parents to put bags of toys,
clothes, books and other household items.
The Caring Shed has been an established part of the Junior School since 2008. Each year a committee of Year 6 girls promotes the Caring Shed in the Junior School community and oversees the collection of household items for client families of the Monte Cecilia Housing Trust, an Anglican Trust for Women and Children in South Auckland. With the catchphrase, ‘Anything that makes a house a home’, the Junior School Caring Shed has been the drop off point for thousands of generously donated goods from working small appliances to furnishings and linen over the past six years.
Generosity being the word, sometimes the Caring Shed would be full before the next weekly collection by Monte Cecilia volunteers. With this ‘problem’ in mind, it was decided a second Caring Shed was needed in the Senior School to receive donations from senior students and, when necessary, take the overload from the Junior School shed. Showing steadfast determination and patience, the committee set to work on the necessary consultation to make it happen.