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  Parishioners have been raiding sewing boxes, shirts and suits to help students at Oaklands Catholic School in Waterlooville, Hampshire.

One of the topics they have been studying is genocide. They say "We have been affected by what we have seen and want to do something about it. We watched a documentary called 'Paper Clips' which was about a school in America who decided to collect paper clips to remember the Holocaust. We wanted to try some thing similar."

So Oaklands students are trying to collect 1 million buttons to create a memorial against hatred and intolerance - and need all the help they can get!

Amazingly, "As of June 29th 2012, we have counted 563,090 buttons. Thank you for sending us your buttons!"

"So if you or your family have any buttons lying around the home, send them in to us and we would be very grateful. Sending the buttons would be a great help but if you donít have any buttons you could also contribute by donating money. We need this money to buy the materials for the memorial or if you are a business you could help by contributing some materials."

If you would like to send buttons or a donation, the address is The Genocide Project
Oaklands Catholic School, Stakes Hill Road, Waterlooville, Hants PO7 7BW. 

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