In addition to being a fun day, Head of Primary School Nina Heinecke says the fundraiser taught students leadership and organisational skills. It also mobilised parents and families, who donated cakes and other items for the stalls.
“The children enjoyed all the activities and the stalls,” Nina says. “At the end we debriefed them that while it was a lot of fun, the real purpose was to support children who don’t have what you have.
“They are pretty good at understanding what that means.”
Nina, who has been with the Georges River Grammar for more than two decades, says fundraising to help children and families in need can teach students gratitude and the importance of giving back.
“It’s good for children to understand the need to share all that we have,” she says. “Children need to learn compassion. It’s so important. It can be a kind word to somebody, or it can be as big as supporting a community in other places.”
It’s easy to fundraise and support others when it’s fun, she says.
“I would encourage as many schools as possible to join with us in supporting ChildFund communities and ChildFund children,” Nina says.
Leanna, in Grade 6, concurs: “They should have a great as a life as we do.
“Help as much as you can so they can have a better life.”