Search:



Schools come to the rescue

Posted: 2pm 24 Mar 2021

In response to the unfolding flooding disaster that is affecting so many communities on the east coast of Australia, Clontarf-based SchoolAid has today launched its ‘Bail Out A Buddy’ flood appeal. It wants local schools to get involved.

The campaign is calling on Australian schools to pass around a ‘bailing bucket’ to raise money for the communities that have been affected by this disaster

SchoolAid Founder and CEO Sean Gordon says donating the equivalent of the cost of one Easter egg, could have a powerful impact when multiplied.

“If every school could raise just $100, the total would exceed $1 million,” Mr Gordon says.

Australian Primary Principals Association President Malcolm Elliott says the disaster is affecting families, businesses, farms and schools.

“I encourage all schools across Australia to pass around a collection bucket before the Easter break to help out,” he says.

Making a difference

Mr Gordon says: “the impact of these waters won’t be seen until the flood waters recede and so many families are facing a terrible Easter cleaning up and discovering just how much they have lost”.

Australian Secondary School Principals Association President Andrew Pierpoint says the organisation is proud to support SchoolAid.

“ASPA members had supported SchoolAid since inception in 1999 because it provided an important avenue for students to contribute when they witnessed others in strife. Those who are able to give have a heightened sense of agency and know they can make a difference,” he says.

After the 2011 Floods in Brisbane, SchoolAid raised more than $950,000 thanks to generous schools and communities across the nation.

“We would love to have that impact again in support of those now being smashed by this incredible force of nature,” Mr Gordon says.

How the funds will be used

To ensure maximum impact, the funds raised will be focused on the ‘recovery and rebuild’ phase of the disaster, once needs can be assessed and there is clarity around what is covered by insurance.

What is SchoolAid?

SchoolAid’s purpose is to empower young philanthropists by providing in-school support and a crowdfunding platform to enable young people to raise money for charitable causes.

They do this in order to improve student wellbeing because, through giving to others, the students are empowered to make a difference and in turn feel happier about the world and their place in it.

Since SchoolAid was founded in 1999, more than 6500 schools have taken part in more than 75 campaigns, raising in excess of $6 million for charitable causes overseas and at home.

The SchoolAid Trust is registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC). Its patron is His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret’d).

Want to know more? Visit the website

Find more local news here

Share

Trending

Explore edible garden trail

If you’ve tried growing fruit and vegetables in your garden at home, without success, it might be worth taking a drive to Samford on May 16 for meandering along The Samford Edible Garden Trail.…

Brewing cuppas for a great cause

Sisters Nadine Wilkie and Bonnie Worth are joining forces with their real estate agencies this week to support the Cancer Council’s Biggest Morning Tea.…

More you might like:

Trending

Local News   •   12-8-2022  •   Dr Dazza

Dr Dazza: How to catch 'summer' whiting

Our fishing expert Dr Dazza reveals where you’ll find “summer” whiting and how to catch them. There are plenty of locations worth checking out in the Moreton Bay Region…

Local News   •   11-8-2022  •   Jodie Powell

Find cocktail gin-spiration at Moreton Bay Food + Wine Festival

Laceys Hill Distilling Co will be making magic at the Moreton Bay Food + Wine Festival next week. Find out what distiller John Bradbury's up to...…

Local News   •   11-8-2022  •   Ashleigh Howarth

Colour Frenzy returns to North Lakes with a big explosion of fun

Hundreds of people will be showered in coloured powder when they take part in the upcoming Colour Frenzy fun run when it returns to Moreton Bay this month. Find out all the details here …

Local News   •   11-8-2022  •   Kylie Knight

Dolphins V Magpies game preview

The Redcliffe Dolphins’ Hostplus Cup side are in good form with three rounds of the regular season left before finals but they’re not underestimating this weekend’s opponents Souths Logan Magpies. We chat with Head Coach Scott Murray …

Local News   •   11-8-2022  •   Jodie Powell

Makeover brings new bars, jobs bonanza to The Belvedere

The opening's a year away, but The Belvedere Hotel plans to start recruiting new staff while transforming the venue. Find out what's staying open during the renovations...…

Local News   •   11-8-2022  •   Ashleigh Howarth

Stockland paves the way for sustainability with recycled road

Tonnes of plastic bags, glass bottles, toner from used print cartridges, reclaimed asphalt and rubber from old tyres have been recycled to create a new 3.9km stretch of road that is currently under construction on the Redcliffe peninsula.…

Close