Raglan Area students went without for a good cause

Raglan Area students joined more than 90,000 Kiwi kids giving up food, technology, furniture, or something else for World Vision’s 40 Hour Famine.

Led by a core team of Year 10 students – Sophie Higgins, Cassidy Hanna, Sienna Harding, Mila Pospisil, Holly Olsen, Halena Lorenzen-Hawkings, Finnbar Eaddie and Braeden Rossiter – they rallied other students to go without and raised over $1000 with more sponsorship and donations still coming in.

More than 30 students from Years 7-10 signed up to go without and the organising team brought the participants together with a movie and dodge ball games to take their minds off their hunger.

The group decided to take on the challenge after attending a World Vision conference in Auckland.

“We were inspired and it started us onto this journey,” Cassidy says.

Although they set their goal high at $10,000, the students know that every little bit helps to support hundreds of thousands of South Sudanese refugee children who have fled to Uganda, by providing essentials like food and clean water as well as emotional and educational support.

Social Sciences teacher Joe Rao says the students have displayed amazing leadership and organisational skills throughout the challenge.

“I am really proud of the Year 10s that led this campaign and put empathy into action by trying to make the world a better place.”

There’s still time to donate with a sponsorship page created by the students on the World Vision website due to end on Friday, July 5 – visit my.worldvision.org.nz/ss/aJnsoO/raglan-area-school and support World Vision and the Raglan Area School students.                                 Janine Jackson