FCAC market day supports youth housing program

THE fact that we have kids helping kids makes this all so much more special.

Fraser Coast Anglican College students Isla Watherston and Myles Kandola present a cheque to Megan Chambers and Michelle Richards from Regional Housing Limited. PHOTO: Shaun Ryan.

That was the sentiment shared by Regional Housing Limited after receiving a cheque from students at Fraser Coast Anglican College in Hervey Bay.

Students from the middle school handed over funds raised at a Year 6 market day to the organisation during a special assembly this morning.

The market day, which saw FCAC students planning, running and managing their own stalls, was held towards the end of last year.

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The cohort identified the organisation’s Door 42 program as the charity they wanted to assist.

FCAC students Isla Watherston and Myles Kandola presented the cheque to Michelle Richards and Megan Chambers from Door 42.

Isla and Myles said the students really enjoyed making their various products and games to include at the market day.

They said the actual market day itself was lots of fun, but knowing the profits they generated would be helping other children in need made it even more important.

Ms Richards and Ms Chambers thanked the students for identifying Door 42 as the program they wanted to help.

“If it wasn’t for the young people who wanted to help the community we wouldn’t be able to offer the services that we do,” Ms Richards said.

She told the students the cheque they received would go towards ‘the extra things’ that many people take for granted.

Ms Richards said the donation would help buy things like toiletries, towels and other everyday items that help “create a sense of dignity” for the children who are cared for by the program.

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Ms Chambers echoed her colleague’s sentiments when she thanked the students for their efforts.

“For students this age to be aware of the needs of other children is just great,” she said.

The organisation runs a youth shelter in Hervey Bay where children facing homelessness are cared for.

Regional Housing Limited is a not-for-profit company managing emergency, transitional and long-term social housing as well as a range of complimentary support programs throughout the Central Queensland region.

Meanwhile, the special assembly also included song and dance routines put on by the students.

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