Bernardi gets schooled
AN ADELAIDE primary school has taken on South Australian senator Cory Bernardi and raised nearly $280,000 for charity.
The year 5 students and principal Paul Luke (right) wore dresses and costumes on Friday, initially trying to raise just $900 to fund the education of a handful of girls in Africa.
In what started as a gold coin donation, the enormous wave of support came after Senator Bernardi tweeted the Craigburn Primary School’s campaign was absurd “gender morphing”.
The Australian Conservatives senator later wrote an opinion piece linking their actions to the Safe School’s program.
“Rather than just allow casual clothes day to be held as normal, the school went a step too far by encouraging six-year-old boys and male teachers to observe what could be the first official crossdressing day to be held in a South Australian school,” Senator Bernardi wrote.
The money raised so far is enough to pay schooling costs for more than 900 African girls.
It has been more successful than any other campaign run by the One Girl charity, with all of its previous efforts failing to break $100,000, chief executive Morgan Koegel said.