Students Give Back

04 March 2021

Local students have learned how small acts can create big results with a focus on fundraising this month.

The Education Centre Gippsland (ECG) College senior students worked together on a range of initiatives to raise money and awareness for the McGrath Foundation.

According to Sue Geals, Executive Principal of ECG College, charity work is an annual tradition for the school.

“We always look for ways to connect with and give back to our community,” Ms Geals said. “This fundraising activity is the perfect example of that. The students learn about the value of contributing to something bigger than themselves, while also building important real-world skills.

“In this project, students learned about the McGrath Foundation and the incredible work they do, while practicing communication, planning and budgeting skills. They also learned how to approach businesses for partnership support, discovered what is involved in running effective events and the importance of teamwork.

“After a year like 2020, it has never been more important to celebrate the ways that people come together and make a real difference, in the classroom and beyond.”

To raise funds, the students ran a raffle, sold plants, cooked up a sausage sizzle and held a whole school Pink Stumps cricket match. With their combined efforts the students more than doubled their fundraising goal, reaching a total donation tally of over $400. 

Thank you to the local businesses who generously supported the students’ fundraising efforts: Biemond Nursery, Bunnings Pakenham, Life of Bikes, Maloney’s Pizza, Paint Shop Pakenham, Pakenham Racing Club, Second Chance Op Shop, Sportspower and Splash’s Swim School.

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