Small school- large hearts!
31 students raise $11,378.00 for Royal Flying Doctor!
When the 31 students of the Mt Gambier Campus of Meridian School were selecting a worthy recipient for their Semester 1 fundraising efforts, they discovered that nearly every student’s family knew of or had experienced the services of RFDS.
After a visit to Mount Gambier airport and a tour of an RFDS aircraft, they were hooked – and
‘Operation RFDS’ swung into action.
Discovering that an aircraft propeller overhaul costs over $8000, that figure became the seemingly ambitious target, and a full size drawing of a 4 bladed prop appeared on the foyer wall – with each blade being coloured each time another $2000 was raised.
A plan to conduct a gold coin drive was mooted, hoping to collect enough coins to fill an outline of a PC-12 aircraft. Accordingly, the obliging Art teacher generated the 6 metre long silhouette on the gym floor, and the school gathered to watch in amazement as bag after bag of coins was emptied, along with the coin dispensers of the local bank branches!
Meridian School Mt Gambier Campus CEO Mr Andy Gooden said ‘We encourage a spirit of giving, and I applaud the recognition by the students of other community–minded and humanitarian activities. The RFDS epitomises the values of preserving and nurturing life.’
Local RFDS Support Group President Mrs Chris Driscoll gratefully accepted the gift on behalf of RFDS, remarking ‘$11378.00 is an incredible result – these few students have raised an enormous amount of money – the community’s generosity is astounding!’