Samuel Marsden Collegiate School's Winter Project keeps Wellingtonians warm

The Winter Project is a student-led group from Samuel Marsden Collegiate, which collects warm winter clothing and blankets from people who no longer have a use for them, then re-distributes them to low decile schools in the wider Wellington region. The organisation started four years ago, and has already made a huge impact on the lives of children at low decile schools and their families. 

The group first held a collection drive in April 2016, and from there other businesses, families and schools got involved in the collection process. They then contacted low decile schools, and started the delivery process, which lasts from early May to late July.

The group exceeded their goal of providing 100 Wellingtonians in need with items, and reached 171 in total. The next year, they delivered over 600 items to six different schools around Wellington. Karori Normal School, PwC, Parts Trader and Ernst & Young all got involved in the collection process, which significantly contributed to their growth.

This year the group is having a clothing collection drive on 25 May, where people can bring in any warm winter woollens. 

"Our aim is to expand throughout schools all over New Zealand, and keep the project in action each winter", says group member Charlotte Johnstone.

If you can volunteer to help deliver the warm items to low decile schools in Wellington, or if you think your school, church, or workplace could be a place for collecting donations, please contact 


Friday, March 9, 2018