Year Six students at Christian College Geelong have raised an impressive $3651.35 toward toilets, school books, chickens, goats and health care for families around the globe through their annual Year Six Market Day and UnitingWorld’s Everything In Common Gift Catalogue.
“It’s our best outcome ever and we’re absolutely delighted with how the students and wider school community embraced the idea,” says classroom teacher Stephen Cody.
“We took a vote as to what we would support this year and UnitingWorld’s Everything in Common was the winner. The students really seemed to get behind the idea of gifts that make a practical difference to people’s lives. They were so enthusiastic about planning their stalls to reap the most profit for the gifts they’d chosen.”
November 17 saw the school playground awash with 650 students, all buying and selling their wares and each with a keen awareness of how their money would ultimately be used. Slushies, home made fudge, cupcakes, henna tattoos, hamburgers and other delicacies all changed hands as students eagerly watched their fundraising totals inch toward their chosen targets of goats, chickens and bees.
“We spent time on the Everything in Common website looking at exactly which gifts were in need in which countries and locating places like Zimbabwe on world maps, so it was useful for our geography skills as well,” says Stephen.
“The students then planned their stalls, surveyed their peers as to what items would sell best and advertised the items from the catalogues they were saving toward to encourage people to support their stalls. Some displayed thermometers on the walls behind them to show how close they were to reaching their target. They were so motivated by everything they’d learnt and the end result was fantastic.”
UnitingWorld extends a huge thank you to the staff, students, parents and friends of Christian College Geelong. Your creativity and enthusiasm is a great encouragement to us all and helps provides people around the globe with the resources they need to free themselves from poverty and share the hope of Christ.
Do you want to get your school or youth group involved in supporting the life changing work of our partners overseas? Check out these resources to help you get started. UnitingWorld Engagement Toolkit.
To find out how you can run an Everything in Common stall at your school or workplace, call Fiona on 8267 4449.
To buy gifts for your friends and family visit www.everythingincommon.com.au