Surplus school furniture and equipment is to be sent from the islands next week to benefit schools in Romania. The Council of the Isles of Scilly has partnered with the islands Rotary Club and Rotary South West to organise this shipment. Rotary Clubs both here and in Cornwall have worked hard to raise the funding to enable this to happen.
Following the build of the new Five Islands School at Carn Gwaval surplus school furniture and equipment has been stored in the old secondary school. Following a local auction there were still items such as tables, chairs, storage furniture and IT equipment looking for a new home.
However, a visit by a Romanian Group Study Exchange highlighted the country’s need for this type of equipment and their Rotarian team leader has been instrumental in assisting in the arrangements to receive the school equipment.
"Our community has no further need of this equipment, so I am delighted to think it will be of use to schools in Romania." says Chairman Amanda Martin
Valentin Stefan, Rotary Team Leader Romania adds that the “Rotary Club of Targoviste is looking forward to receiving the school equipment. This will be immediately put to good use in our local schools that are in need. The fact that they will arrive right before Christmas we believe that it will mark a better new year for the students who will be able to study in much better classrooms conditions from now on. We are grateful to receive this donation and we are sure our community will be as well!”
The local Rotary Club will be packing up the equipment early next week and with generous support from the Isles of Scilly Steamship Company this will be shipped to Penzance on Thursday for the following road trip to Romania.