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Students' colour call to help earthquake survivors

PUBLISHED: 12:42 05 February 2010 | UPDATED: 15:40 07 July 2010

Dereham students have been donning the colours of Haiti's flag to help the country's earthquake victims.

Pupils at Neatherd High School had a non-uniform day on Friday where they dressed in red and blue to remember those who lost their lives in the Haiti disaster and to raise money to help the survivors.

Dereham students have been donning the colours of Haiti's flag to help the country's earthquake victims.

Pupils at Neatherd High School had a non-uniform day on Friday where they dressed in red and blue to remember those who lost their lives in the Haiti disaster and to raise money to help the survivors.

Year seven student Celine Baxter, 12, said: “I think it is really important we help the people of Haiti.

“I looked around my house today and I though of all the stuff we have compared with what they have got and I felt really sad.

“It is really important that we help them because what has happened is such a tragedy.”

Sixteen-year-old Adam Cross, who is in year 11, said: “They need all the help they can get. Our donation is going to be a small amount compared to what they need but everything helps.”

Emily Bates, 14, who is in year 10, said: “If we were in an earthquake then we would need help.

“It is our moral duty to help them, if we don't who will?”

Nick O'Brien, head of lower school, said: “At Neatherd we think it is really important that students discuss current affairs and get involved in finding solutions. In our recent pupil survey students said that they wanted to look at these topical issues in more detail.

“Even before the disaster, Haiti was one of the poorest countries in the world. 80pc of people in Haiti live in poverty. Our students hope that even through this small gesture we can make a difference.”

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