DIG OUT YOUR OLD TOOLS!
By: Steve Ott
Children from Robertswood School, Chalfont St. Peter, Bucks, got to grips with one of the world’s heaviest garden tools, a giant Bulldog spade (weight 28 stone 4.8 pounds/height 11 feet 8 inches), as they launched the new ‘dig out your old tools’ charity campaign at Rowan Garden Centre in Chalfont St. Giles, Bucks yesterday (29th March).
The campaign, in aid of the newly branded Global Hearts for Children charity, runs throughout April. During the month Rowan Garden Centre is asking us all to help people in developing countries by rooting through their sheds and garages and digging out their old tools. Rowan will collect the old or unused non-powered handheld garden tools for Global Hearts for Children, so they can ship them to people in other countries to help build sustainable futures. As an extra incentive, Rowan will give people donating old tools 15% discount against new tools bought in the garden centre and donate 5% to Global Hearts for Children for container transportation costs.
“In our garden sheds and garages we have probably accumulated tools we no longer need or would like to replace. This campaign gives gardeners a good reason to see them put to good use,” says garden centre owner Alison Pao. “If at the same time gardeners want to replace, upgrade or renew any tools, then our campaign has benefits for them too. Global Hearts for Children is a very special charity and we hope lots of our customers will support this project.”
“We will accept all non-powered handheld gardening implements, even if their wooden handles are broken, just so long as they can be repaired,” says Global Hearts for Children Chief Executive, Brian Main.
Formerly Feed The Children (UK), Global Hearts for Children, based in Twyford, has been renamed to better reflect the work the charity now does – help to build sustainable communities in this country and around the world. The Home Secretary, the Rt. Hon. Theresa May MP, took time out from state duties last Friday to wish the charity well and confirm that she is their very first patron.
Global Hearts for Children is first and foremost a children’s charity but it is also a humanitarian and international relief organisation. The charity works both in the UK and around the world in areas of desperate need, developing sustainable communities, providing food, clothing and meeting other life supporting requirements. Administration costs are very low compared with many other charities, with around 90% of the charity’s donations going towards its work. For more details of Global Hearts for Children’s work visit www.gobalheartsforchildren.org
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