> More goodies for The Gambia
On Friday 22nd August
2014, the latest consignment of donated materials was loaded onto
pallets, to be sent to schools and associated village communities
in The Gambia.
Parcels brought down from loft, being sorted
and labelled with destination
This was the culmination of a marathon packing
exercise and included a donation of classroom furniture from Green
Lane Primary and Nursery School in Worcester Park in Surrey and
40 excellent 'adult' chairs from St Mark's Church in Horsham.
Parcels all sorted, labelled and boxed or
bagged ready for loading
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major items were 49 microscopes, donated by Christ's Hospital and Ardingly College, which will be used in Pageant workshops for
Gambian Science teachers in a number of schools. In addition to
these there were 630 packages of all shapes and sizes that had been
collected and wrapped during the preceding year and stored in the
loft at Old School.
classroom and office furniture ready to load
and books ready to load
Every package and item of
furniture was then labelled with the name of the recipient - this
process alone had taken five of us the best part of two days to
accomplish! The packages were pushed into the spaces between
furniture legs etc and in all approximately 15 cubic metres of
goodies were packed onto nine pallets.
Building up the pallets, furniture first, then
spaces filled with 'squishies'
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Pallets fully loaded, wrapped and labelled –
then lifted into lorry for transporting to shippers
Many thanks to the great
Pageant team of 14 who turned out on the day for the loading and
also to Christ's Hospital and PD Kitchens of Southwater for the
loan of their tail-lift lorries and drivers, who took the pallets to
the shipping agent in Crawley.
Pageant team for the loading, photo taken by
Anthony, Katy, Ben, Ian, Christine, Andrew G (inset),
Brian, Frances, Andrew W, Tina, Ann, Helen, Michal
The consignment should arrive
in Banjul in late September, where Wandifa, Yankuba and Abdoulie
will no doubt do their normal excellent job of unloading and