Students take part in ‘Vinnies Day’ to support Winter Appeal initiative

Tenison Woods College students have celebrated their annual Vinnies Day, taking part in an appeal which provides emergency relief to people at risk and experiencing homelessness. Through the generous support of students, families and staff, the college was able to make a difference to the lives of many local in need this winter.

All students were encouraged to wear casual clothes and donate a gold coin which goes directly to the Winter Appeal. Early learning children and junior school students donated brand new beanies, socks, gloves, scarves or an item of canned food, while middle and senior school students donated canned food.

Founder points were also awarded per food item that was donated and Year 12 students helped deliver all food items to the Vinnies and Foodbank sites. Middle school students ran a Vinnies book sale in the library, with a total of $591 raised. Staff were also ‘dressed by Vinnies’, purchasing items of clothing from the local Vinnies shop to wear on the day to support the cause.

The Year 6 student leaders presented Mount Gambier Vinnies Conference president Jeanette Elliott with the many beanies, gloves, socks and scarves that students and staff had generously donated. Over the course of the day the college raised $1547.55 from casual day donations, 1200 canned goods, approximately 100 boxes of cereal and hundreds of beanies, gloves, scarves and blankets.

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