Students are learning important life lessons as they gear up for ACG Strathallan’s inaugural Charity Gala Day on Saturday 25 November.
A committee of students is helping to drive the gala, which will bring together ACG Strathallan families and the local community to raise money for four local grassroots charities: High Wire Charitable Trust, Franklin Silver Lining Trust, Summerfields Charitable Trust and Angels Light Breakfast.
Students Nathan Winspear and Jacob Fraser in Year 13 said the charities selected were all about supporting local people in need.
“Helping other families and the youth of today is something we strongly stand for. It teaches a valuable lesson about sharing and helps students build an understanding of others less privileged within the community and be grateful for everything that they have.”
With just over a fortnight to go before the big day, students and staff are busy sorting and categorising the plethora of good-quality second-hand goods that have been donated for sale. There will be around 50 independent stalls at the gala, including tombola, lucky dips, gift baskets, fun rides, raffles and food carts.
Year 9 and 10 students have volunteered to be in charge of activities, with part of their mission to bring at least five friends each to the gala. They’re also wrapping lucky dips, making props for activities and encouraging other students to bring in donations.
ACG Strathallan teacher and dean Sophia Grobler said despite it being a busy time of year, students were fully committed.
“The majority of student volunteers are involved with activities, sports, camp and prize giving and many are rehearsing every lunchtime and building sets for the school pantomime. Everyone is busy, but they are still giving up their time and energy to help with the charity gala because they truly believe in helping out the community,” she said.
ACG Strathallan Charity Gala Day
Saturday 25 November, 10:00am onwards
All proceeds to charity