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Charity appeal for needy kids; CRUSADE: Packs of school equipment will go to Uganda.

COVENTRY Telegraph readers have really taken up the challenge of creating school packs for children in one of the poorest areas in Uganda.

City charity Global Care, which supports impoverished children across the world, launched an appeal with the paper in March asking people to put together packs of basic school equipment.

Later this year the packs will be taken to primary school pupils in the Soroti region of Uganda.

The children have to provide their own school equipment or they are unable to continue their education.

The charity and the Telegraph are asking readers to pack together five exercise books, five pens, five pencils, two rulers, two erasers and one sharpener in a clear plastic bag, together with pounds 1 for transportation costs.

More than 100 people have already taken the plight of the Ugandan children to their hearts..

This week is national Local Newspaper Week - a yearly event which celebrates and champions the vital community role of UK's local media - the most trusted source of news and advertising. This year's theme is Building Stronger Communities. We will be featuring campaigns the Telegraph has run which have made a big difference to people.

Today, reporter Helen Thomas looks at the fantastic response to our appeal to help the charity Global Care.

A delighted John White, Global Care's chief executive, collected the first 119 packs from the Telegraph offices this week and said he was overwhelmed to see how many have already been handed in..

He said: "It's very pleasing to see. It's been a wonderful response." This is the second year the charity has run the campaign.

Last year Global Care collected 1,200 packs and is hoping to double that.

The packs were taken to Africa by a group of Global Care volunteers last autumn and hundreds of delighted Ugandan children welcomed the team.

Global Care is also working to introduce training opportunities for students. For details about the charity see www.globalcare.org.uk

How to pick up a pack IF you would like to prepare a school pack all you need to do is provide five exercise books (standard size 6x8inch), five ball point pens, five pencils, two six-inch rulers, one sharpener and two erasers.

These must be placed in a clear plastic bag with a pounds 1 coin which will be used towards transport costs.

Packs can be dropped off at Global Care Charity Shops, in Radford Road, Coventry, Quinton Road, Cheylesmore or Leicester Road, Bulkington, or at the Coventry Telegraph offices, in Corporation Street, Coventry..

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HELPING HANDS... Violet Reece, Margaret Brown, John Wise and Dorothy Liley with their school packs DONATED... Global Care's John White with packs of school equipment
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