Students’ Parcels Sent With The Help Of The Isle Of Man Post Office

King Williams CollegeParcels of stationery put together by students of King William’s College are now bound for schools in Afghanistan, thanks to the help of Isle of Man Post Office.

This academic year, King William’s College has collected stationery to send to the much needed school children of Kabul. When collecting research to make their Christmas tree for Save the Children’s Festival of Trees last year, the students learnt of the deficient amount of education children receive in some of the poorest cities affected by conflict and emergencies. Therefore they decided their tree would be a way to further promote Save the Children’s, “Re-write the Future” campaign and made the tree from recycled stationery and began to collect new stationery to send to those in need.

Art teacher Amy Gelling at King William’s College began collecting stationery from staff and students to send to a school that she had twinned with in Kabul through the British Council in Afghanistan. Over the weeks following, stationery was collected and a tree made from several layers of coloured and recycled stationery was beginning to form. Meanwhile the new stationery was sifted from the old and separated into age appropriate boxes by the girls in the college’s girls’ boarding house School House, to be sent to Ali Sina Boys and Girls School, Kabul.

Since making the tree in December, the students have collected nearly twenty boxes of stationery weighing around 40kg in total. The stationery was collected to alter the lives of those children who receive no more than three short hours of education a day, because for almost 30 years in Afghanistan they have lived in the midst of adults wars.

Amy Gelling said: “By Easter, myself and the students began thinking of fundraising ideas to raise money for the postage of the stationery and school equipment. We also wrote to the Isle of Man Post Office’s Sponsorship Committee to see if they could offer any assistance and were delighted when they said they would send the parcels to the British Council in Afghanistan for us free of charge. Now the boxes are on their way to Ali Sina Boys and Girls School, via the British Council.”

Lucy Webster-Thompson, Chairman of Isle of Man Post Office’s Sponsorship Committee said: “We were delighted to help the students of King William’s College with their gallant efforts to help school children in Kabul. We are looking forward to hearing how the contents of the parcels are received by the students once they arrive. The Sponsorship Committee aims to support a variety of local initiatives throughout the year and is always keen to hear from individuals and organisations looking for support which we may be able to help with.”

To contact the Isle of Man Post Office Sponsorship Committee please write to Lucy Webster-Thompson at Postal Headquarters, Douglas, Isle of Man, IM2 1AA or email