Year 9s celebrate the gift of giving this Christmas

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Year 9 students have been been helping create an extra special Christmas for a group of 19 families this Christmas, in partnership with  the Anglican Trust for Women and Children.

The fundraising initiative, now in its third year sees Christmas hampers gifted to families in need in the community.

Each student had a goal of raising $30 or more. Fundraising ideas ranged from lawn mowing to dishwashing, with some students taking a less conventional approach, such as Sam Brew (Marsden) who fundraised by busking in the street. Our Boarding students also held a $5 carwash for staff.

Year 9 student Lachie Marshall (St John’s) said that it was incredibly rewarding  to be able to give back to the community and to take part in all the elements from fundraising to purchasing and wrapping the gifts.

“It’s definitely made me want to do more charity work and fundraising in the future.”

All of the hampers were gifted this week to the Anglican Women and Children’s Trust, who work in the local community to reconnect families and empower them to take control of their decision-making. The Trust’s integrated Family, Early Education and Social Work services and programmes help to protect, nurture and provide opportunities for up to 3000 children, young people and their families across Auckland.

For more information on the world of the Anglican Women and Children’s Trust, visit www.atwc.org.nz.