Shenton College students lend a helping hand


Lending a helping hand: Shenton College students Julian Butler, Isaac Davies, Cailin Macpherson and Lara Pollard build prosthetic hands for people in developing countires.  Picture: Andrew Ritchie        www.communitypix.com.au   d454660
Lending a helping hand: Shenton College students Julian Butler, Isaac Davies, Cailin Macpherson and Lara Pollard build prosthetic hands for people in developing countires. Picture: Andrew Ritchie        www.communitypix.com.au d454660

SHENTON College students will build 21 prosthetic hands for people in developing countries as part of an international service project to help those less fortunate.

Some 127 Year 9 students will take on the project, joining UWA medical students and Year 12 students in helping to build the hands.

The project, which is part of the Helping Hands program, is a team building activity to build hands that are then donated to amputee victims throughout the developing world.

The school and the P&C have donated $9000 for the project.

The students will start on the project tomorrow outside of school hours.

Head of learning and community Gary Green said he wanted students to be more aware of the world around them and the importance of helping people.

“The world is our responsibility and we want to encourage the students to take care of other people and engage with the community,” he said.

Mr Green said he wanted students to connect to the project and take part because they were passionate about the cause rather than it being compulsory.

“The program was optional and a lot of them decided to give up their own time to make the hands,” he said.