Matilda Helm, a seven year old self-confessed chatterboxfrom Southbridge Primary School in Canterbury, saw World Vision's East Africa Appeal on television last month and decided to help. In a delightfully down-to-earth comment she notes: "I saw kids just like me eating yuck food and dying and thought it was really unfair."
2nd of November she undertook a rather unusual task: a sponsored vow of silence. Her aim was to raise funds for the children suffering from the famine - the first famine of the 21st century, as it happens.
She was permitted to stay quiet in class by her school
principal after explaining in a letter that she was "... sending money
to World Vision for East Africa because people there are dying right
By taping her mouth shut and writing questions and answers on a
piece of paper, Matilda managed to get through the school day without breaking her
vow. Some achievement for a seven-year-old!
She says it was hard to stay quiet. "I have lots of friends and they all tried to make me talk!" but she still managed to raise $400. $400 will feed a family of six in the famine area for around about four months.
Source: World Vision NZ