Grade 5 students in Red Deer raise money for children affected by leprosy

Red Deer students hope to raise $500 to help children affected by leprosy and other neglected tropical diseases.

Grade 5 students from G.W. Smith Elementary School are collecting bottles through their annual kindness project. Previous initiatives include cleaning up the community and donating books to the less fortunate.

The money goes towards effect:hope, an international development organization based in Markham, Ont., which has been running since 1892.

About 600 people are diagnosed with leprosy every day, 50 of whom are children. The disease causes severe disfiguring skin sores and nerve damage. If left untreated, it leads to disability.

“I hope students will learn more about compassion and kindness through the bottle drive,” said teacher Laurie Boven.

“We hope to help as many children as we can who are fighting leprosy and other diseases.”

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