East Launceston Primary School student leaders donate to 2018 Winter Relief Appeal

MAKE A DIFFERENCE: East Launceston primary student leaders Charlie Ancher, Flynn Viney and Saskia Henderson. Picture: Scott Gelston
MAKE A DIFFERENCE: East Launceston primary student leaders Charlie Ancher, Flynn Viney and Saskia Henderson. Picture: Scott Gelston

A cozy night in for East Launceston pupils and their families will help make the vulnerable in our community a little bit warmer this winter.

East Launceston Primary School student leaders and the Parents and Friends Association joined forces for a movie night last week.

The funds raised will go directly to The Examiner’s Winter Relief Appeal.

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Student leader Flynn Viney said the student leaders wanted to support the Winter Relief Appeal to help those less fortunate.

“The winter appeal helps those who might be in need in our community,” he said.

Fellow student leader Charlie Ancher said the student leaders helped the Parents and Friends Association pull off the movie night.

“Each of the student leaders has a class that you speak to every fortnight, we tell them the messages we’d like to send to get it out there,” he said.

“So we used that time to tell the school about the Winter Relief Appeal movie night fundraiser.”

Charlie said the student leaders also helped to set up the hall for the movie night and helped to hand out refreshments.

About 220 children from across all grades attended the movie night, where family move Sing was screened.

The event raised $550 for Winter Relief. A donation will be made by the school in the coming weeks.

An active choice was made to reduce plastic waste at the event, with reusable cups used for purchased drinks.

Pupils were invited to bring their own drink bottles as soft drinks were unable to be purchased.

East Launceston Primary School has supported Winter Relief in the past but it is the first time the student leaders have taken an active role.

It is the 60th year the Winter Relief Appeal has been held. This year, The Examiner has set a fundraising target of $60,000.

The Winter Relief Appeal supports four Launceston charities – Salvation Army, St Vincent de Paul, City Mission and the Benevolent Society.

Funds raised from the Winter Relief Appeal helps the charities in their outreach other programs.

Donations can be made in person, or via bank transfer. Businesses and schools can also collect donations with a collection tin.