Almost $7000 was raised by our Year 9s for The Salvation Army by students who spent two days shaking tins and raising awareness of our city’s homeless and needy.
Of the 49 contributing schools and colleges participating in the Salvation Army’s ‘Schools Fundraising Challenge’, Beaconhills raised the third highest amount of money per student. The annual challenge raised an amazing $96,085 for the charity.
With the money raised by the Year 9 students the Salvos will be able to:
- fully stock the supermarket which provides food to the homeless for four months
- supply 100 homeless people with enough food/clothing/toiletries/blankets to get them through an entire winter
- make 2,000 bowls of soup
- purchase 200 blankets and
- employ a part time counsellor.
In recognition of the achievement, a Salvation Army representative visited the College on 11 August to present a plaque for display. The College will also be recognised on the Salvation Army website and in their magazine.
The Salvation Army fundraising was part of the College’s Year 9 City Experience Program. The program aims to take students outside their local area and encourage them to consider and encounter the energy, opportunities, challenges and problems at the heart of our city. The city experience is a non-traditional method of teaching and encourages maturity and perspective in our students.
This year, there has been a significant community service effort being made by the Year 9s, the successful Salvation Army fund raising is just one part of the overall program. Students and staff are to be congratulated on their dedication and effort.
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