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Pupils given a lesson in life

PUBLISHED: 03:15 10 October 2001 | UPDATED: 15:18 03 March 2010

STUDENTS who collected harvest gifts for elderly people in the Felixstowe area have been learning the importance of helping the less fortunate.

Rev Rod Corke visited Orwell High School to speak to Year 11 students who gathered the gifts - and reminded them that they were among the most privileged young people in the world.

STUDENTS who collected harvest gifts for elderly people in the Felixstowe area have been learning the importance of helping the less fortunate.

Rev Rod Corke visited Orwell High School to speak to Year 11 students who gathered the gifts – and reminded them that they were among the most privileged young people in the world.

Thanking them for their contributions, Mr Corke illustrated his point by giving statistics of what the world would be like if it was shrunk to a village of 100 people with the current human ratios remaining the same.

He said there would be 57 Asians, 21 Europeans, 14 from the Western Hemisphere and eight Africans, and 52 would be female and 48 male.

Of these, 70 would be non-white and 30 would be white, and 30 would be Christian and 70 would be of other faiths or non-believers, 89 would be heterosexual and 11 would be homosexual.

Only one would have a college education and one would own a computer, 80 would live in substandard housing, 70 would be unable to read, and 50 would suffer from malnutrition.

Six people would possess 59 per cent of the entire world's wealth – and would all be from the United States of America.

"When we consider our world from such a compressed perspective, the need for acceptance, understanding and education becomes glaringly apparent," said Mr Corke, leader of the Walton and Trimley team ministry.

"If you have never experienced the danger of battle, the loneliness of imprisonment, the agony or torture, the pangs of starvation . . . you are ahead of 500 million people in the world.

"If you can attend a church meeting without fear, harassment, arrest, torture or death, you are more blessed than three million.

"If you have food in the refrigerator, clothes on your back, a roof overhead and a place to sleep, you are richer than 75 per cent of the world. If you have money in the bank, in the your wallet or spare change in a dish someplace, you are among the top eight per cent of the world's wealthy."

He said the message was to: "Work like you don't need the money; love like you've never been hurt; dance like nobody's watching; sing like nobody's listening; live like it's Heaven on earth."

Head of Year 11, Jo Dyer said that the WRVS would be contacted to arrange delivery of the gifts, and asked the students to imagine what it must be like for the people who would receive them, some of whom were rarely able to leave their homes and greatly appreciated receiving visitors.

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