TWO borough pubs – the Clock on Coventry Road, Bickenhill and the Saracen’s Head on Stratford Road, Shirley - have joined forces to launch a ‘home and away’ campaign aimed at helping disadvantaged children in Romania as well as kids across the UK.
The pubs are calling for people to help them collect school supplies and arts & crafts materials.
Half of the collected items will stay in the UK going to children’s charity, Kids Out. The rest will be taken to four Save the Children schools and orphanages in the poorest parts of Romania.
Items needed include:
* Education supplies (school bags, stationery, stickers)
* Arts & crafts (coloured paper, paints, glitter)
* Fun stuff (toys, jewellery, educational games)
Due to import regulations, all items should be new and suitable for children aged five and over.
Both pubs will have a collection point where people can hand in their items with a deadline for collection of July 5.
Local schools and kids’ groups are also encouraged to take part, with pupils asked to draw a picture for children in Romania to enjoy. Kids taking part can be sent photographs of the Romanian children with their works of art.
Romania is one of Europe’s poorest countries where per cent of people live in poverty.
Kids Out runs a Toy Box Scheme providing essential items to children across the UK when they are re-housed in a refuge after fleeing abuse, violence or neglect.
Tracy Maitland, general manager at the Saracen’s Head said: “We hope this project will not only help children living in oppressive circumstances but also educate our children about how some kids live very different lives from themselves.”