Students from St Mary's Primary School have been busy raising funds to help build a home for a family in South Africa.By Jess Craig
A family in South Africa will have a new home and a chance at an income thanks to the fundraising efforts of St Mary’s Primary School children.
The children, led by the school’s social justice committee, raised $925 for the Garden for Hope charity.
Social justice and Catholic identity co-ordinator Steph Bowlen said she was proud of the students’ efforts.
‘‘We held a social awareness day last week to raise money for the Garden for Hope, which the kids had learned about earlier in the year,’’ Miss Bowlen said.
‘‘Garden for Hope is a charity that was co-founded by Damien Warren which provides a feeding program and child sponsorship for children in South Africa.
‘‘The kids learned that $600 can build a new house for a family in South Africa and they were really inspired by that.’’
Miss Bowlen said the social justice committee, made up of eight girls, led the way in planning the fundraiser.
‘‘The committee were assisted by two other girls who wanted to help, and they organised some lunchtime activities such as South African dancing, barefoot soccer and water carrying races,’’ she said.
‘‘They organised a mural, and all 410 students at the school put their handprint on it.
‘‘The day raised $925, which is such a fantastic effort.’’
The money will go towards building a new home, while the remaining money will be used to buy an item that will help the family generate an income.
‘‘We’re hoping to buy them a sewing machine so they can support themselves,’’ Miss Bowlen said.
St Mary’s Primary School students (back row, from left) Ella Petrini, Grace Russell, Meg Rohde, Kate Pearson, Meg McLoughlan, Isabella Fitzsimmons, Jessie Bennett hold up the banner in front of (front row, left) social justice and catholic identity co-ordinator Steph Bowlen and Epicentre Church pastor Damien Warren
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