WAIMEA Heights Primary School students recently wore their favourite hats and accessories around the schoolyard to raise money and awareness for youth homelessness in the final week of the Colony 47 Winter Appeal.
Colony 47’s inaugural “Hats for Homelessness Day” is a school-based fundraising initiative designed to encourage children to think about homelessness in Tasmania while fundraising for much-needed programs.
Colony 47 chief executive officer Therese Taylor said schools and students across Tasmania were invited to provide a gold coin donation to the Colony 47 Winter Appeal.
“It is a simple idea and a fun way for school communities to get involved,” she said.
“This is our first year and we’ve had wonderful interest from all over the state with many more schools wanting to be involved next year.”
Waimea Heights Primary School principal Sally Gill said she was proud the school was the first in the state to become involved with Colony 47’s Hats for Homelessness initiative.
Mrs Gill said she credited the school’s student representative council for voting in support of the initiative.
“One of our key values as a school is social responsibility, so this initiative fits very well within that,” she said.
“We very much support the work of Colony 47 in the Tasmanian community.”
This year, Hats for Homelessness Day took place during national Literacy and Numeracy Week (25-31 August).
“We held a major celebration on 27 August to combine the promotion of literacy and numeracy and this important fundraising initiative for Colony 47, which opens up a conversation with our students around the awareness of disadvantage in our community,” Mrs Gill said.
“Our children made or wore a fabulous or whacky hat, hairpiece or hair accessory, and brought their favourite book and a small treat to share for morning tea in the Readers’ Cafe for a gold coin donation.”
The official Hats for Homelessness Day was on Tuesday 26 August 2014.
For more information about the work of Colony 47 visit www.colony47.com.au