Pirie woman brings crate of books, bikes and clothes to Tanzanian children

GENEROUS: Cheryl Hallett is greeted by founder of the school Lenard beside the shipping container filled with books, bikes and clothes for the kids. Teacher Cheryl is due back in Port Pirie soon.

GENEROUS: Cheryl Hallett is greeted by founder of the school Lenard beside the shipping container filled with books, bikes and clothes for the kids. Teacher Cheryl is due back in Port Pirie soon.

A huge crate of books, bikes and clothes has transformed the lives of some Tanzanian children.

LINE OF LOVE: Children line up to help take books from the container to the school after Cheryl Hallett arrived in their village with her gifts.

LINE OF LOVE: Children line up to help take books from the container to the school after Cheryl Hallett arrived in their village with her gifts.

The delivery, thanks to Port Pirie teacher Cheryl Hallett, has been labelled a “container of hope”.

Mrs Hallett is due to return from the African country on Friday after living for several weeks in a village near the border with Kenya. For four years before her trip, she collected more than 11,000 books and bought shelves from the old Port Germein library for them to be stacked upon.

She loaded a steel shipping container with the books plus furniture, bikes and clothes and delivered it to the village. Her proud husband, wheelchair-bound Gordon Hallett, said she had packed “anything that the schools will need”.

“She helped to set up the library and took a few lessons in the school,” he said.

“Cheryl was trained as a librarian. The children are all eager and helped her to move books from the container to school. It was almost like a line of workers bringing the books in. I am proud of my wife.”

“She put a lot of effort into this. She collected the books and catalogued them on computer.” Cheryl may return to Port Pirie as an unsung hero, but her feat will never be forgotten in that faraway land.

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