4 May 2012 | Blog | Supporter action | Project Compassion
We would like to share with you the approach our school took to fundraising during Project Compassion 2012. By Dianne Winarczyk, Holy Family Catholic Parish Primary School Ingleburn, NSW.
As well as having donation boxes in classrooms for general donations, we decided to have a fundraising day called $1.25 Day.
The idea was to teach the students about the fact that 1.4 billion people live on $1.25 a day or less. In the lead-up to the day, year 6 students who are part of our Social Justice Team participated in an activity designed to build their understanding of the impact of poverty on people's lives.
On 29 March, we took the students to our local supermarket and they were each given $1.25 with the mission of feeding themselves for one day. Some of the students combined their money, most shopped sparingly and all of them developed an understanding of the challenges of surviving on an extremely limited income. These students then prepared a presentation which they shared with the rest of the school, educating even our youngest students about the prevalence and impact of poverty.
We encouraged each student to donate $1.25 or more to support Project Compassion. Many students made generous donations and we collectively raised over $800 to support the work of Caritas Australia.
What made our fundraiser special was the fact that the students donated money without receiving a reward or a privilege. They simply gave because they had learnt about people living in poverty and realised their small donation would make a positive difference. We are very proud of our students' efforts.
We hope that our final donation will be a valuable contribution to continuing the important work done by Caritas Australia in improving the lives of people worldwide.
You can still give to Project Compassion until 30 June 2012. Thank you for your support
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