Bernardi gets schooled

The Weekend Post - - Nation -

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.

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