Last Thursday, Kuranui College held a mufti day with a difference. Instead of donating the usual gold coin, students were asked to bring in a can or an item of non-perishable food for the Featherston Foodbank.
The fundraiser was devised by a group of college friends as part of a recent leadership course. The nine students came together for the annual three-day YMCA Leadership Camp, which took place earlier this year at Camp Kaitoke.
“Me and a few of my friends are Year 10 student leaders and we thought we’d give the camp a go as we wanted to develop our leadership skills. We also thought it’d be great to get our friends to come along as well,” explained student leader Abby Saywell.
The students have to complete a project to demonstrate and utilise their new leadership skills and the group felt that helping their local community was a top priority.
“We were originally going to do a quiz night, but we thought it might be easier to do a mufti day instead.
“We wanted to raise funds for the Foodbank because we wanted to help out our community and the Foodbank distributes food across the whole of South Wairarapa.”
With over 28 mentor classes at the college donating almost 15 cans each, the group estimate they have been able to provide over 400 cans of food.
“It’s been good to give back to the community,” added Abby.
The Year 10 leadership group also includes Isabella Walker, Isla Alexander, Bella Herbert, Henry Isaacs, Connor Turton, Willy Dennison and Eddina Doherty.