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Deluge of cash for cyclone-hit students

Deluge of cash for cyclone-hit students

Deluge of cash for cyclone-hit students

By Kylie Knight

 

Clontarf Beach SHS student Maverick Garacoia

Clontarf Beach SHS student Maverick Garacoia

Clontarf Beach State School pupil Maverick Garaicoa is on a mission to help children struggling to get back to school following the Cyclone Debbie deluge.

Maverick is a member of the SchoolAid Peninsula Kids Advisory Team which teaks on projects to make a difference. It is Australia’s first crowd-funding platform for children.

He has so far raised more than $1000 and plans to use the money to put together packs of essential school items which will be distributed to needy families via the Australian Primary Principals Association.

“I have set up a very special appeal for all the kids who have been affected by the floods so we can get them sorted with a get back to school pack and they could get school uniforms, shoes, backpacks, lunch boxes, drink bottles, pencil cases and stationary,” he said.

To donate, visit www.schoolaidtrust.com/project/project-flood-relief

 

This article was originally published by the Redcliffe and Bayside Herald in April 2016.

Redcliffe Herald News Editor's note

SchoolAid student ambassador, Maverick Garaicoa, impressed the Redcliffe & Bayside Herald news editor at the time of interviewing, that he was noted in her News Editor column the week the paper was published.

By Kylie Knight, news editor

 

As we paused to acknowledge Diggers past and present this week, we reflected on their courage, selflessness and willingness to sacrifice all to ensure a bright future for generations to come.

For many of us, there is a deep desire to be worthy of this sacrifice. We might seek to repay the debt by attending an Anzac Day service, donating to the RSL, Legacy or Mates 4 Mates, or by doing good in our community.

We pass on the Anzac legend to our children and teach them why it is important. We also cite it as an example of putting others before yourself.

Last week, I had the pleasure of interviewing two young boys who need no such lesson. In today’s Herald, we bring you their stories.

Maverick Garaicoa is raising money to help children struggling to get back to school following the Cyclone Debbie deluge (page 14). Lochie Barwick donates all the prizes he has ever won in scooter riding and wake boarding to other children or causes (page 23).

Both boys are primary school and do not consider their actions to be extra-ordinary. We think they are. With future community leaders like these on the Peninsula, our future is in safe hands.

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