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Second-hand uniforms bring joy to Ghana students


Students of Kokrobite School in the west African country of Ghana are delighted with their new school uniforms that were donated, along with classroom chairs and desks, by Stella Maris Parish School at Seacombe Gardens.

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Provided through the charity Aussieghana Relief,  the much-needed delivery of furniture, books and uniforms came about after a chance meeting between Stella Maris groundsman Kos Skouroumounis and Shanton Sinka.

Shanton and his wife Rae-Anne established the charity in 2010 and when Kos was working at St John Bosco School he saw Shanton picking up some old furniture that he’d placed on the kerbside for the council to collect.

“Suddenly, a tall person was trying to manoeuvre a heavy desk onto his tray-top car,” said Kos.

“I yelled out to him; he froze. He thought I was telling him off, but I wanted to give him assistance before he broke his back!”

That began a warm friendship between the two men and Kos told Shanton he worked at three schools and would promote his cause to them.

Stella Maris happened to be getting rid of more than 200 “old but useful” chairs from its R-3 classes so the timing was perfect. Families donated their children’s old-style uniforms and Jenni Shaw organised the transport to Ghana.

Shanton sent photos to Kos of the Ghana students in their new uniforms and the furniture in their new home.

“Hopefully other schools might like to contribute when what a success this has been,” Kos said.

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