STAWELL - Students about to embark on the 'alternative to schoolies' trip to Vietnam have thanked members of the community for their contribution to the Samaratin's Purse Christmas Shoe Box Appeal.
Lesley Bennett donated many items including 60 pencil cases filled with pencils. She made each of the pencil cases herself.
Other amazing contributions have been made by Gaynor Radovic, Joyce Dowsett, Nancy Reading, Beth Warren, Helen Thripp, Marie Van Leeuwen, Kath Ashton, Moyan Cahill, Anne Rohde, the late Lorna McAllister and the late Pat Gaffney. These people represent the amazing generosity of the people of Stawell.
The 150 shoe boxes filled this year will be distributed to needy children in Cambodia and Vietnam.
The range of home made garments includes beanies, dresses, shorts, jumpers, cardigans and carry bags.
The trip to Vietnam serves as an alternative for those looking to celebrate their year 12 graduation with a different experience.
The idea for the trip follows the successful expedition to Cambodia for a group of students last year.
In January students raised money for water projects and filled gift boxes for orphans in Cambodia.
The 2014 trip to Vietnam combines humanitarian and educational experiences. The tour commences in Vietnam's capital Hanoi visiting historical and cultural sights.
That will be followed by a two day cruise on world heritage Ha Long Bay.