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Business and economics program has high hopes

Business and economics program has high hopes

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.

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! 

A student helping to raise money via Hay for Hope included this handwritten letter to a farmer

A student helping to raise money via Hay for Hope included this handwritten letter to a farmer

Hay and Hampers 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)

Community Hall filled with groceries
CEO Sean Gordon receives OAM

CEO Sean Gordon receives OAM

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