Downshire Primary Shack Attack raises vital funds

Pupils from Downshire Primary School with John Knaggs, Principal, and Jenny Williams, Chief Executive of Habitat for Humanity Northern Ireland, at the schools Shack Attack event to raise vital funds for Habitat NI.  Pupils were sponsored to build shacks from recycled materials which helped create an understanding about the challenges of living in poor housing.
Pupils from Downshire Primary School with John Knaggs, Principal, and Jenny Williams, Chief Executive of Habitat for Humanity Northern Ireland, at the schools Shack Attack event to raise vital funds for Habitat NI. Pupils were sponsored to build shacks from recycled materials which helped create an understanding about the challenges of living in poor housing.

Downshire Primary School recently organised a ‘Shack Attack’ event to raise vital funds to support the work of Habitat for Humanity Northern Ireland.

Pupils were sponsored to build shacks from recycled materials which helped create an understanding about the challenges of living in poor housing.

The event was organised as part of Downshire Primary’s year-long support for Habitat NI as their charity partner.

Shacks were creatively designed with materials such as pallets, plastic and paper. The entire school got involved with everyone dressed in green to show their support of Habitat.

To date more than £5,000 has been raised which will make a big difference to families in need. Habitat works to improve living conditions in communities in Northern Ireland and around the world.

John Knaggs, Principal of Downshire Primary School, said: “We were delighted to support Habitat as they work to bring safe homes to more people around the world. Our pupils really engaged with Shack Attack; they raised funds and learned a lot from the experience.”

Jenny Williams, Chief Executive of Habitat NI, said: “It’s a shocking statistic that one in four people in our world do not have a safe place to call home.

“Safe shelter saves lives and thanks to this generous support more families will be healthier and children will do better in school.”