Appeal for more buttons for genocide memorial

Bosmere Junior School, Havant

Hampshire schools built in the 1980s deemed of historic importance to the UK

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ALMOST 70,000 buttons have been collected out of one million needed to create a school monument to raise awareness of genocide.

Youngsters at Oaklands Catholic School in Waterlooville are thrilled with the response.

They made their appeal in this paper to help fill four transparent pillars pinned to a painted atlas with buttons to say ‘never again’ to atrocities ranging from the Holocaust to the Rwandan genocide.

Mugeni Sumba, RE teacher, is hoping to collect all the buttons in time for Holocaust Memorial Day on January 27. He said: ‘We’ve had a fantastic response thanks to the excellent article in The News, which shows how strongly people feel about the cause.

‘We even had a surprise delivery of about 7,000 buttons from the Portsmouth Anglican Cathedral.

‘We know it’s ambitious but we would like to hit the 100,000 mark before the end of term, next Friday.’

Buttons can be sent to The Genocide Project, Oaklands Catholic School, Stakes Hill Road, Waterlooville PO7 7BW or call (023) 9225 9214.