On Friday 24 July, the Charities and Social Justice Council ran Charities Day. In this school-wide fundraising event, students from years 7 to 12 participated in running stalls as a part of a fun fair where all proceeds go towards charity. It was the first Charities Day in two years so there was much excitement leading up to the day and it was fantastic to see the return of a much-loved NSG tradition.
The day kicked off with a spectacular Talent Quest featuring incredible acts from Acapella to comedy dancing. After the show, students were involved with running games and stalls that sold food, drinks and accessories. Some of the highlights included sumo wrestling, the sausage sizzle, the haunted house, snow cones and a fairy floss machine to name a few. Everyone helped raise an outstanding $9,300.00 which will go towards the following causes chosen by the CSJC:
The NSW Flood Appeal
Donations to the flood appeal will help aid those who are still struggling with the devastating aftermath of flooding in many parts of rural NSW. An estimated 50,000 homes have been damaged by floodwaters and more than a million people have been affected. The flood appeal will be able to alleviate some of the financial hardship and stress rural communities went through.
Aboriginal Legal Service (NSW/ACT)
The ALS was founded in response to the injustice faced in the Indigenous community regarding the legal system. Their aim is to deliver quality and culturally appropriate legal services for the Indigenous community. Some of their recent actions include standing up for Aboriginal children’s rights to their family and culture, attempting to end the strip search of Aboriginal children, and stopping Covid-19 Aboriginal deaths in custody.
Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders)
This organisation provides medical assistance to people affected by conflict, epidemics, disasters, or a lack of access to healthcare. They aim to support their patients through high-quality care in medical assistance and by providing shelter, food, water, and sanitation. The MSF operates in over 80 countries and has admitted over 877 300 patients. Some of their campaigns include their emergency response to the war in Ukraine and medical provisions to treat diseases such as malaria, HIV/AIDS, and cholera.
This day could not have happened without the efforts of some amazing people. I want to thank the executives of the CSJC, Jade Chen, Pei Ong, Angela Yang, Bella Li, Amaya Kumarage and Cassie Cai as well as all the wonderful members of the Charities Council who all worked tirelessly to make this day happen.
Thank you to Cassie Cai, who ran the Talent Quest along with the Year 10 and 12 Charities representatives. We are also very grateful to Mr Edward McKnight, Anna Stanic, Tonya Zheng and IT who helped backstage with lighting and sound. Also, thank you to Ms Webb, Mr Starrett and Mr Lau for being our judges.
We would also like to extend our gratitude to Ms Cole-Harper, the TAS staff, Ms Taylor, the SAS staff, our GA’s and IT who all worked behind the scenes to allow Charities Day to run smoothly, ensuring the success of the event.
Thank you to Ms Hooworth (Charities and Social Justice Council Co-ordinator) and Ms Connors for your endless guidance and support, we could not have done this without you.
Finally, thank you to all the students and parents for supporting this special day. It was heart-warming to see the school community come together, especially after the past two years of lockdown and online learning. This day shows how much we as a school can help those in need and make a real difference when we work together, and I look forward to seeing this tradition be continued in the future.
Thank you to our generous sponsors: ChaTime Macquarie Centre, Target, Krispy Kreme, Intuit, Xing Fu Tang, Maho, Sharetea, Coles, Eastwood Mart, Anime at Abbotsford, The Mad Shop, Charm Boutique, Jewellery By Izabel, Desiderate Jewellery, MayJane. Co, Oh! Candy Jewellery, Shop by Jieun, Luniare Shop