Students' lesson in generosity: more than $1000 raised for sponsor kids | Video

GENEROUS: Year 7 students Caitlyn White and Gabrielle Watterson donated money for Jeremy, one of the school's sponsor children.

GENEROUS: Year 7 students Caitlyn White and Gabrielle Watterson donated money for Jeremy, one of the school's sponsor children.

Students from James Sheahan Catholic High School raised more than $1100 on Friday as part of their first fundraiser for the school’s three sponsor children.

It is half their goal of $2300, which was raised last year for the Compassion Child Sponsorship Program to help children living in poverty to provide everything they needed for the year, particularly for education.

At Friday’s event, each sponsor child’s name was spelt out and covered in coins by each year group. 

This year’s sponsor children come from Indonesia, Guatemala and India.

VIDEO: How the funds were raised:

Along with helping other children financially, the school’s involvement in the program was to give students an opportunity to see the direct impact their generosity is having.

The sponsor children send photos and letters to inform of their progress and students reciprocate with pictures of the fundraising activities, prayers and thoughts.

Among the students who took part in Friday’s fundraising activities were Emily Pell, Ethan Kennedy and Bella Stoyles who were proud of the school’s achievement.

LINING UP TO DONATE: Year 7 student Rachel Chaim donated to one of the school's sponsor children.

LINING UP TO DONATE: Year 7 student Rachel Chaim donated to one of the school's sponsor children.

“I think this is an amazing thing that our school has done. Hopefully Sheahan can make a difference,” Ella said.

“We have all felt privileged to give someone in need money to help their education and well-being for this year,” Bella said.

Ethan Kennedy said he was pleased to see all the students in each year level work together to achieve a common goal and help the less fortunate 

RAISING MONEY FOR JEREMY: Year 7 students John Toberty and Hugh Thornhill.

RAISING MONEY FOR JEREMY: Year 7 students John Toberty and Hugh Thornhill.

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