‘Chance to make a difference’: students swap Schoolies for Nepal mission

DEDICATED: Students Amanda Gee, Adelaide Nonnenmacher, Eliza Gilbank-Heim, Caitlyn Harvey, Natasha Yeo and Melissa Fardell with team leader Mary Brell. Photo: JUDE KEOGH0316jknepal1

DEDICATED: Students Amanda Gee, Adelaide Nonnenmacher, Eliza Gilbank-Heim, Caitlyn Harvey, Natasha Yeo and Melissa Fardell with team leader Mary Brell. Photo: JUDE KEOGH0316jknepal1

Many year 12 students will be hitting the Gold Coast at the end of the year to celebrate at Schoolies.

But 34 Orange area students will be foregoing the revelry to travel to Nepal to help some of the world’s poorest people.

Student Natasha Yeo said the two-week trip was more important than schoolies.

“It’s our chance to make a difference in the world,” she said.

Team leader and Rotary Club of Orange Daybreak representative Mary Brell said it would be the third annual trip.

“The first year we had 15, last year we had 17 and now there will be 34,” she said.

COLOURFUL CITY: Eliza Gilbank-Heim with Caitlyn Harvey and Vinnies volunteer Thelma Garey who has been collecting pencils for the students to take to Nepal for local schools. Photo: JUDE KEOGH 0316jknepal3

COLOURFUL CITY: Eliza Gilbank-Heim with Caitlyn Harvey and Vinnies volunteer Thelma Garey who has been collecting pencils for the students to take to Nepal for local schools. Photo: JUDE KEOGH 0316jknepal3

“I think the word is out.”

St Vincent de Paul volunteer Thelma Garey said she had been collecting pencils and crayons all year for the students to take to Nepal with them to hand out.

“They have to use pencils because they have to rub out their school work every day to re-use the paper,” she said.

The students will be raising funds to take to Nepal at a book fair at the Civic Theatre this weekend as part of Rotary’s District conference in Orange.

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