Seek­ing re­dress

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THE im­age of a drowned toddler now syn­ony­mous with the Syr­ian refugee cri­sis made Jon­ica Stick re­con­sider the ex­or­bi­tant amount of money some Year 12 stu­dents spend on their ball.

“It was the photo of that lit­tle boy – we were spend­ing so much on one night and it just seemed so un­fair,” the Year 11 Methodist Ladies’ Col­lege stu­dent said.

Jon­ica re­cently launched the Dress­less4-refugees fundrais­ing cam­paign and is hop­ing to raise more than $5000 for Ox­fam, which will pro­vide ba­sic es­sen­tials like blan­kets and hy­giene prod­ucts for refugees.

She is urg­ing stu­dents to cut back on their spend­ing and do­nate the money they would have used for their ball ex­penses to the fundrais­ing cam­paign.

METHODIST Ladies’ Col­lege stu­dent Jon­ica Stick says she knows of at least one girl in her year group spend­ing $5000 on her Year 12 ball gown.

“I think it has got to a point where it’s over the top,” the Year 11 stu­dent said.

“The amount of money you spend is not go­ing to de­ter­mine how much fun you have, so why not put it to­wards some­one who needs it?”

Jon­ica re­cently launched the Dress­less4-refugees fundrais­ing cam­paign, which aims to raise more than $5000 for Ox­fam.

The money will pro­vide ba­sic es­sen­tials like blan­kets and hy­giene prod­ucts for refugees.

She is ask­ing stu­dents to cut back on their spend­ing and do­nate the money they would have used for their ball ex­penses to the fundrais­ing cam­paign.

“I don’t think we need to spend $2000 to have fun. I don’t think it’s nec­es­sary,” she said. “We were ex­tremely lucky to be born here.”

With plan­ning un­der way for next year’s ball, Jon­ica said at least half of her year group had com­mit­ted to the cam­paign and she was on track to con­trib­ute her en­tire $500 bud­get to Ox­fam af­ter find­ing a sec­ond­hand dress and sourc­ing rel­a­tives for make-up and hair.

In the lead-up to her Fe­bru­ary 5 ball, Jon­ica will be con­tact­ing the prin­ci­pals of other lo­cal schools to gauge their in­ter­est in join­ing her cam­paign.

To get in­volved, visit https://my.ox­fam.org.au/fund raiser/view/3379.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d445376

MLC Year 11 stu­dents S’Le’Enat David­son, Freya Power and Jon­ica Stick wear­ing do­nated dresses.

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