School’s sunflower contest will save lives

St Michaels Primary School
St Michaels Primary School
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Caring pupils at St Michael’s Primary School have helped save people from the terrible disease malaria.

Pupils were sponsored to grow sunflowers in a competition organised by the Rotary Club of Louth.

Some of the money raised went to the school and 70 per cent went to REMIT (Rotarians Eliminating Malaria in Tanzania).

People in that country can get malaria from mosquito bites so Rotary fundraises to buy mosquito nets to protect the poorest people.

Headteacher Mr Fox told the children at assmebly: “Your money has saved lives.”

Ellie Kirkby rasied the most money in the school - £38.

Sam Sillett grew the tallest sunflower in school and in all local schools - standing at three metres 27 cm tall.

Rotary President Andrew Leonard told the pupils: “You have all made the effort and we really do appreciate it.”

Prizes for the pupils were donated by Louth Garden Centre.

REMIT raise funds to provide chemically impregnated nets, insecticides and medicines as well as HaemaCue machines to check for malaria.

Funding is also provided for education and awareness through the training of local workers who go into villages to educate local people in the way of symptoms, treatments and prevention.

Malaria is a febrile debilitating illness, which can lead to chronic anaemia, brain and kidney damage and death, especially amongst children and pregnant women.