Business and Economics Program has high Hopes

SchoolAid has received a wonderful note from St Joseph’s Catholic School in Murray Bridge, SA this month.

Teachers Edward McInnes, Danni Babidge, Merike O’Connor and Sonja Smith joined forces with their Year 6 Business and Economics Program in response to one of our recent campaigns. 

The ‘Hay and Hampers for Hope’ campaign put the call out to schools around the country in February to donate $100 each to contribute $1,000,000 to assist drought effected areas.  

At St Joseph’s Catholic School, their efforts went beyond the call.  

The Business and Economics Program which includes every Year 6 class took action. Each class went on to organise and run their own class business.  

They followed the design thinking process. 

Together they hosted a ‘Selling Day’ with all profits being donated to ‘Hay and Hampers for Hope’. 

As a result of their mini-businesses St Joseph’s Year 6 students collectively contributed $1010 to the ‘Hay and Hampers for Hope’ project. Ten times the individual school call out! 

Students from the Year 6 Business and Economics program host a Selling Day to raise funds for the Hay for Hope Campaign.

Students from the Year 6 Business and Economics program host a Selling Day to raise funds for the Hay for Hope Campaign.

Hay for Hope Update:

Though the initial crowdfunding campaign platform has closed, activities and donations have been received with the total efforts coming in at some $160,000 - an amount well above the figure on the platform due to schools sending cheques and EFT donations directly to the account.  

The first $20,000 raised was quickly invested in western NSW through the wonderful people at Corrimal Rotary Club in NSW. They had raised $20,000 themselves so we offered to dollar match that and doubled our impact!

Then the $40,000 was multiplied again (at least 5 times according to one university researcher) because the use of these funds in drought affected towns was via vouchers for farmers to redeem goods and services at their local shops. So, each voucher used had a flow on impact as (for example) the shop owner paid a staff member, who then paid another shop for something they wanted … and so on before that dollar left the community.  

Overall this campaign has been a huge success with individuals and schools contributing from every state of the country. We worked with the following partners on this occasion:

  • QLD – Rotary District 9630 and Dymocks Children’s Charities

  • NSW – Corrimal Rotary Club

  • Victoria – The St Vincent de Paul Society of Victoria

  • South Australia – The SA CWA (South Australian, Country Women’s Association)

How to share a rainbow

Student looks to comfort Kiwi cousins

By Erin Smith

Prime Minister Scott Morrison is backing a Redcliffe student’s plan to share some “rainbows” with the people of Christchurch, after the recent terrorist attack.

Sophia is a SchoolAid Ambassador at Grace Lutheran College, Rothwell.

The 12-year-old has set up a campaign called Rainbows for Christchurch, via SchoolAid, inviting other students from around Australia to send her sympathy messages that she can then collate into a book to send to New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

“I have a lot of family friends in New Zealand and while they don’t live in Christchurch they were hurt by the events over there,” Sophia said.

“I want to let them know that Australia is here for them.

“My message is just to let them know that while they are living through such a dark time, we here in Australia are thinking about them, praying for them and hoping everything would be okay again soon.”

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has backed Sophia’s campaign, sending her a video of encouragement.

“Congratulations, you are doing something really special, thinking about others who are going through something really tough,” Mr Morrison said in the video.

He said the terrorist attack in Christchurch affected us all, but said Sophia’s response was the right one.

“I think it demonstrates the true heart and spirit of Australians, in reaching out to our Kiwi cousins and saying we are always with you,” he said.

Sophia said it was “exciting” to receive the video.

SchoolAid founder Sean Gordon said it was not the first time a student had taken on a task like this.

Those wanting to get involved in the campaign can post their handwritten letters to SchoolAid, PO Box 11, Clontarf Beach, QLD 4019 or scan a copy and email it to

View the Prime Minister’s video message to Sophia here:

This article was originally published on the news website: Courier Mail’s Quest News Moreto

CEO Sean Gordon receives OAM

"The Order of Australia recognises exceptional Australians".

These words sit on a page of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet's website, explaining the significance of The Order of Australia Medal.

On the Queen’s Birthday public holiday (NSW, VIC, ACT, NT), SchoolAid Trust CEO Sean Gordon was recognised as one of those exceptional Australians, when named on the Honours list published along with more than 1200 fellow Australians, to receive an Award of note.

Special congratulations go to Sean on receiving the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for service to the community through a range of organisations - as noted on the official citation - of which SchoolAid Trust tops the list.

We acknowledge that SchoolAid is just one of many organisations’ who are lucky and proud to receive Sean’s leadership, support, philanthropic sense of community and his guidance.

View Sean's Honours information here:

Article: Redcliffe & Bayside Herald, Thursday 13 June 2019.

Article: Redcliffe & Bayside Herald, Thursday 13 June 2019.

SchoolAid’s drought campaign hits the $140k mark

SchoolAid’s ‘Hay and Hampers for Hope’ drought campaign this week surpassed $140,000 in fundraising, with $60,000 of this already being put to work through local charities in drought-affected areas in Queensland and New South Wales.

The campaign is calling on 10,000 schools around Australia to donate $100 each, and in doing so raise $1 million to go towards hay for drought-affected livestock and hampers for farming families that are struggling with meeting their living expenses.

SchoolAid founder and CEO Sean Gordon said: “There’s been an incredibly generous response to this campaign; clearly the plight of family families who are dealing with drought has struck a chord with the wider community.

“While our focus remains on fundraising we are now also prioritising getting these funds into drought-affected communities so they can have an impact as soon as possible,” he said.

Local Rotary clubs and districts have been identified as the fastest and most effective means of distributing funds, as Rotary provides strong local infrastructure and expertise in mobilising projects.

To date more than $60,000 has been earmarked for distribution including:

  • $25,000 to Queensland Rotary district 9630, stretching from Redland Bay, south of the Brisbane River to Beenleigh, west to Charleville and south to St George

  • $20,000 to Lake Cargelligo Rotary in New South Wales

  • $17,000 to Corrimal Rotary in New South Wales

“Although the drought has dropped from the headlines it remains a daily reality for thousands of rural families,” Mr Gordon said.

“As we approach Christmas it’s important to remember that many rural families and kids will be doing it tough festive season, so please dig deep in the final few weeks of the campaign.”

Donations to the Hay and Hampers for Hope campaign can be made via the campaign website, with the campaign to close on Friday 7 December 2018.