Student leaders support Salvation Army

STUDENT Leaders at Montrose Bay High School have spearheaded a blanket and cans drive to help the Salvation Army care for Hobart’s most vulnerable people.

Montrose Bay High School students have been following recent media reports about homeless people living in and around Hobart, particularly those at the showgrounds.

The student leader team has just finished a Red Shield Appeal effort for the Salvation Army, but decided it could do more work to support the local community.

“As a group we all identified a lot of things that we could raise money for, but we all felt homelessness was the biggest issue in Hobart right now, and that this would be the most beneficial fundraiser we could run,” student leader Hayley Fenton said.

“We decided to do a can and blanket drive.

“We made posters, spoke in assemblies and told everybody about it so we could drum up support and donations for it.”

Student leader Bianca Webberly said for homeless people, being warm and having food were important to staying healthy despite rough living conditions.

Student leadership coordinator Mathew Scott said the students took complete charge with the fundraiser.

“They had a guest speaker earlier this year who came and spoke to the grade 10s about homelessness in Tasmania,” he said.

“They really wanted to do something extra to help and they have pulled off so much with the fundraiser.

“The school gives a huge congratulations and pat on the back to all the students who went the extra mile with this event.”

The Salvation Army’s Lieutenant Jeff Milkins said the students’ efforts would go a long way to helping homeless people in Tasmania.

“The students have done an incredible job,” he said.

“The amount of stuff they’ve raised through their efforts will go towards helping a lot of people who at this time of year are struggling to stay warm when they have nowhere to sleep.

“We’re very proud of them, and very appreciative of their efforts.”

Montrose Bay High School’s next fundraiser will support the Cancer Council.

Caption: Salvation Army’s Lieutenant Jeff Milkins with Montrose Bay High student leaders, from left, Liam Nicholls, Tyler Roberts, Zoe Menzie and Grace Wickham.