Students and staff of Bishop Druitt College have raised $24,000 to help Victoria's bushfire victims.
Students and staff of Bishop Druitt College have raised $24,000 to help Victoria's bushfire victims. Coffs Coast Advocate

Schools' amazing effort to raise cash

CLASSROOMS across the Coffs Coast were more wet than warm last week - but even in the face of torrential rains and floods, students were still thinking about ways they could help the victims of the Victorian bushfires.

Schools - big and small - have made their best efforts to do their part in raising much-needed funds for those affected by the devastating fires - with some absolutely astounding results.

In an enormous effort, Bishop Druitt College have raised an amazing $24,000 - absolutely smashing their initial goal of $5000.

“With a community of 1200 students and parents, I would be hopeful that the college would be able to raise a significant sum to support those people who have lost everything,” principal Roger Oates said.

A massive $12,000 of that money was raised by the students, with the governing board of the school agreeing to match the sum out of their own pockets.

“It is so heartening to see that as individuals, as a community and as Australians we respond so quickly to those in need,” Mr Oates said.

Smaller schools have also outdone their expectations. Boambee Public School students and their families generously donated $370 by creating a coin trail around the outline of a large map of Victoria. The 122 students at Bonville Public School were encouraged to wear yellow last Wednesday and contribute coins to fill in the letters 'FIRE'- raising an amazing $1223.05.

Nana Glen Pubic School raised a whopping $488.20, Bellingen Public raised almost $1000, Bellingen High has raised more than $2000 and St Mary's Primary School raised $650.

Up at Corindi Public School on the northern beaches, they raised an impressive $416.

Tyalla Public School students pitched in to raise $1277 and at Sawtell Public School they raised more than $850. Lookup



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