We are delighted to announce the date of our inaugural Charity Gala Day. It will be held on Saturday 25 November.
A new initiative to bring together our families and the local community to raise money for local grassroots charities, the fun day of activities is free to attend and all are welcome.
Visitors will enjoy entertainment and events including more than 50 independent stalls, a second-hand sale, Tombola, lucky dips, gift baskets, fun rides, and raffles. Food carts selling wares from crepes to gelato will keep hunger at bay throughout the day.
All profits will be distributed equally between the four charities we have carefully selected for the enormous difference they are making in the local community.
High Wire Charitable Trust provides opportunities for young people who have been alienated from mainstream schools to resume formal learning and nurture their social and personal wellbeing through participation in adventurous activities.
Franklin Silver Lining Trust provides special breaks for Franklin individuals or families who are facing adversity such as loss of a loved one, ongoing health issues, cot death, rehabilitation after an accident or brain injury.
Summerfields Charitable Trust is a farm or horse-riding experience to aid youth who are healing from deep trauma, including building life skills, care and counselling.
Angel Light Breakfast serves over 1,100 healthy breakfasts to children in four schools across the Papakura area which has a proven positive effect on behaviour and academic levels.
Tamara Faamoe from the High Wire Charitable Trust said the funds from ACG Strathallan would go towards providing clothes, shoes, food and transport for tamariki supported by the organisation.
“With the majority of our funds and resources going towards education and activity costs, this leaves little funding for the extras that our children desperately need,” she explained. “We are grateful and humbled to have been selected as a chosen charity; this support will go towards developing our youth to become leaders within their communities.”
Marie Gordon from Summerfields Charitable Trust said the funds raised by the gala would be used to purchase quality wet weather gear for students first and, if funds allow, for the charity’s four staff. She said the charity is currently using second hand jackets from the op shop for children when they are horse riding, which are not water proof.
Service to the local community is an important part of our student’s education says our Executive Principal Robin Kirkham. “The Gala provides a great opportunity for the school to make a tangible difference to others who need it most,” he said.