Stu­dents put heart into Syr­ian fundraiser

The Leader (Tasman) - - GOLDEN YEARS - JESSICA LONG

A group of Nay­land Col­lege stu­dents are busily rais­ing funds for Syr­ian refugees with a goal to help dis­placed chil­dren con­tinue their ed­u­ca­tion.

For more than a month Year 12 groups have worked to­ward a goal to raise about $2500 for World Vi­sion which will put the money to­ward build­ing a class­room, stu­dents say.

Nay­land Col­lege has put its hand up to sup­port the World Vi­sion New Zealand Syr­ian Refugee Cri­sis Appeal that aims to as­sist 2.4 mil­lion reg­is­tered refugee chil­dren. That will be cou­pled with funds raised through the 40 Hour Famine cam­paign.

Nay­land Col­lege Year 12 stu­dent Felix Chrysos­to­mou-Koed said they had learnt about the grav­ity of the Syr­ian refugee cri­sis in class.

‘‘It’s a very com­plex con­flict, so there are mul­ti­ple non-profit or­gan­i­sa­tions, such as World Vi­sion, that are in­volved in this hu­man­i­tar­ian aid scheme.’’

The re­cent Com­pas­sion Day was the per­fect op­por­tu­nity for stu­dents to set up a stall. Felix was among the stu­dents who sold heart-shaped sweets to raise aware­ness about the atroc­i­ties. The money they raised will be put to­ward the school’s end goal.

In­ter­na­tional stu­dents Luana Porf­man from Brazil and Leonie Schueler of Ger­many have also

‘‘I'm re­ally glad that I was able to take a part in this and it felt re­ally good to help.’’

Leonie Schueler

been an in­te­gral part in the school’s fundraiser.

Luana said the best part of the cam­paign was feel­ing she had made a dif­fer­ence. ‘‘We were or­gan­is­ing, on the side, some cake and cof­fee sales and lot­tery sales and a lot of other ac­tiv­i­ties that helped a lot,’’ she said.

‘‘It’s dif­fer­ent to see­ing other peo­ple help and do­nat­ing money than ac­tu­ally or­gan­is­ing the event, putting in ef­fort and giv­ing your time away.’’

Leonie said it was a great project and an experience she doubted she would have been a part of at her school in Ger­many.

‘‘So I’m re­ally glad that I was able to take a part in this and it felt re­ally good to help.’’

She spent a lot of time bak­ing goods to sell at a cof­fee stand and helped or­gan­ise links with com­mu­nity busi­nesses who do­nated var­i­ous items like cof­fee cups and hot choco­late.

She said right from the start every stu­dent at the school un­der­stood why they were rais­ing money for Syr­ian refugees and were more than will­ing to give.

PHOTO: MAR­ION VAN DIJK/ FAIR­FAX NZ

Nay­land Col­lege level 2 so­ci­ol­ogy stu­dents Ti­ahna Kingi, Felix Chrysos­to­mou-Koed and Iso­bel New­march-Chap­man sell heart-shaped con­fec­tionery on Com­pas­sion Day to raise funds for Syria.

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