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Students forfeit presents and give to those in need

Monday, 2 October 2017 4:34pm

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Students from the University’s Te Rangi Hiroa College display Christmas presents they have given to Presbyterian Support Otago. Photo: Sharron Bennett.

Students at Otago’s Te Rangi Hiroa College have given more than 50 early Christmas presents to Presbyterian Support Otago – ready to be passed on to children in need.

The Head of the College, Rosemary Tarbotton, says that the College decided that this year instead of celebrating each resident’s birthday individually, they would celebrate together, and also celebrate the College’s fourth birthday at the same time.

"Even though some of our residents are on scholarships and not financially well off, they still chose to help others, and I think this shows real maturity."

“I wondered about giving the residents something but I give to Presbyterian Support myself, and decided to encourage the residents to think of others and donate gifts for children for Christmas.”

She says the response was wonderful – with many residents really enjoying shopping for gifts.

“Some gave individually and others combined, and I provided the gift wrap,” she says. “It feels great to be able to help Presbyterian Support in this way. One resident said she felt really excited doing this, but wished she could see the children’s faces when they opened the gifts.

“Even though some of our residents are on scholarships and not financially well off, they still chose to help others, and I think this shows real maturity.”

Mrs Tarbotton says the College plans to make this an annual event as part of its volunteering programme.