From Diana Vernon, Principal
As previously mentioned, the outpouring of support from the MLC community, from current families to Old Collegians, past parents and past staff, has been overwhelming.
MLC is delighted to announce the launch of our student-led MLC Appeal for Mallacoota. The Appeal is being driven by students and it will be our students making recommendations, on advice from a local Mallacoota recovery committee as to where we direct the funds once our Appeal has concluded.
We commenced our Appeal last Thursday, 27 February, aiming to raise $20,000 in 20 minutes, from students and staff. The response was fantastic!
We raised $21,700 on the day, with many more donations continually coming in.
This provided a fantastic base from which to open up for further online donations from parents, alumnae and friends of MLC.
If you would like to contribute online please follow this link to Trybooking
Congratulations and thank you to our incredible community for their generosity as well as our dedicated student committee team for their initiative.
We will keep you informed about the total contributions raised, once we close the fundraising at the end of March.
We will then be in contact further once our fundraising student committee have been able to select specific Mallacoota projects to support. The projects will fall outside government responsibilities for funding and reconstruction. We know that your contributions will help a community that has provided extensive and sustained support to us over the last 30 years.
Meanwhile, we are incredibly proud of a number of students who have already taken the initiative to raise funds. Ashley Ward, in Year 10, organised a ‘Ride for Mallacoota’ 3-hour Spinathon , which raised over $15,000 – well in excess of her initial goal of $5000.
Ashley has donated the funds directly to seven local Mallacoota businesses, all of which are enormously appreciative. Ashley, her father Andrew, and I were able to visit many of these businesses last week and hear their stories.
L-R: Andrew Ward (father of Ashley), the owner of the Croajingalong Cafe, Year 10 student Ashley and Principal Diana Vernon
Ashley with the owner of the M.V Loch-Ard
Other student initiatives include the production of a student zine, edited by Linda Ma and Clara Yuen, containing student creative prose and poems focussed on the impact of the fires. This was sold at the College Art Collection opening night on Monday, 2 March, with profits contributing to the MLC Appeal for Mallacoota. The zine contained ten very different pieces, written by students from Year 7 to Year 12; all were thought-provoking, observant and reflective.
Teams of students are also volunteering their lunchtimes to build wildlife nesting boxes to be distributed throughout fire affected regions.