JAMES SHEAHAN Catholic High School proudly delivered on what's become a long-standing tradition with the St Vincent de Paul Society in the school's annual Christmas Gift Appeal.
Led by the Student Representative Council, roll call and house groups rallied together to raise money for the Vinnies charity, where donations were then directed to the invaluable cause of purchasing Christmas gifts for young children, teenagers and families experiencing hardship at this time of year.
"Community donations can sometimes be the last thing we are thinking about as we prepare for the Christmas season," said HSIE teacher Georgia Hollman, Sheahan's SRC Coordinator.
"[Students] were asked to donate what they could, whether that was $1 or $10, [as] any amount was going to help brighten the Christmas spirit for someone else in the Orange community".
With a little over two-weeks to raise money, over 40 groups within the school community were designated a specific demographic to purchase a single gift for, with some groups exceeding the appeal's solo gift target.
"Some roll calls raised so much [money that] they purchased a few gifts," Ms Hollman added.
"A special mention to roll call group McAuley four, who raised over $250 and purchased a bike, helmet and a range of other gifts for their recipient!"
The overall figure resulted in James Sheahan students raising over $2,500 in donations for Vinnies' recipients in need across the Orange community this Christmas season.
"The Student Representative Team here at Sheahan are blown away by the support from our school community!
"From bikes and scooters, to toys and hampers, there was something for everyone this year.
"Thank you to the students and families of James Sheahan for supporting St Vincent de Paul once again this year. We are so pleased to help spread the Christmas cheer!"
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