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Students drive movie fundraiser to support Cancer Society

It is important to support these charities such as Cancer Society as they depend heavily on the community for support. We believe as part of belonging in the community, we should not only aim to support the charity financially but also be active in raising awareness for cancer.

Our students chose to support the Cancer Society with a fundraising movie night this term. Head student leaders Geonwoo Kim and Alayna Bradbury explain their motivation.

Why did you choose to support the Cancer Society?

We have chosen to support Cancer Society this term as cancer is affected and closely relatable by a lot of people in our school community let alone in New Zealand as well.

What was the objective of the movie night?

It was a different, innovative way of fundraising that raises awareness of cancer as well as providing the school community with an enjoyable night. We held three different sessions – for the primary, lower and upper college. In each movie, we sold hand-made ribbons and food ranging from popcorn to sausage sizzles to fundraise for the charity. We had an impressive turn out with not only students but friends and family coming along as well to spend quality time together.

Why is it important to support charities?

It is important to support these charities such as Cancer Society as they depend heavily on the community for support. We believe as part of belonging in the community, we should not only aim to support the charity financially but also be active in raising awareness for cancer.

What does an event like this teach students?

On the night of the event, we sold ribbons in multiple colours, which represent different types of cancer. We hope this will raise awareness and teach students that not every type of cancer is the same and it is important to recognise each one.

Movie night is the first fundraiser event of its kind in ACG Sunderland history, so we hope it opens students to a more creative range of ideas when raising funds/awareness as well as making it enjoyable for the school community.

What are other charity events you organising this year?

We have planned to organise other charity events such as a talent show/board game fundraiser for Westpac Rescue Helicopters. This will be a competitive fundraiser between the school’s houses. There is also our annual Care Link Trust Donation competition taking place in Term Four.

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