Coolum Primary School vice-captain Jaimi Barton, captains Chelsea Ansell and Isak Ljubisavljevic and vice-captain Jarvis McNamara. Photo: Mike Garry/scw1334a
Coolum Primary School vice-captain Jaimi Barton, captains Chelsea Ansell and Isak Ljubisavljevic and vice-captain Jarvis McNamara. Photo: Mike Garry/scw1334a

Generosity you can count on

Just over 1000 students donating $1 each – that was the concept of the Coolum Primary School’s “thousand dollar day” to support Victoria’s bushfire victims last Friday.

But somehow the maths did not work out and the 1025 students raised closer to $2500.

Principal Pat Cavanagh said the community’s generosity had been “sensational”.

“It’s a terrific effort; it met all expectations and a whole lot more,” he said.

“I guess it just demonstrates that perhaps the most important thing in life is to have compassion and understanding for people who have fallen on hard times, and that we are able to dig deep – even though when things at home might be a bit tough moneywise – to support others who obviously are in much greater discomfort than we’ll ever be.”

Mr Cavanagh said the fundraiser had come about because students had been talking during the week about the fires and asking about supporting the bushfire victims.

“They were also obviously anxious and aware of it, and really got behind it in a sensational way,” he said.

“In one of the classes, when the kids to got to $100, they cheered and clapped.

“Normally, when we have our gold coin days, the kids often just bring in a dollar but a lot of kids were bringing in five and $10 notes.”

To donate money to the 2009 bushfire appeal, phone the Red Cross on 1800 811 700 or go to any branch of the ANZ, National Australia or Commonwealth banks.


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