Christianity in action at Adventist school

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The four students who raised money for motor neurone disease.

Four students from Hilliard Christian School (Tasmania) have raised nearly $A1000 for research into motor neurone disease (MND).

After completing a “Christianity in action” unit at school, students in years 9 and 10 worked in groups to research needs in the community and propose a course of action to help meet the needs. Amelia Brady, Amelia Bannister, Ma Tin Tin and Karene Mpoyi focused on MND because one of the members of the group has lost a family member to the disease.

"Not only did we receive a good amount of money from donations, but myself and the girls learnt more about service and personal rewards that come with it."

The girls set a fundraising goal of $800 and sold Krispy Kreme doughnuts to help raise the money. The school and wider community rallied behind the group and they managed to exceed their goal, raising $984.

The project was a positive experience for the girls. “I am so proud of my group and very thankful for all the money which was fundraised,” Amelia Brady said. “Not only did we receive a good amount of money from donations, but myself and the girls learnt more about service and personal rewards that come with it.”

MND Tasmania vice president Michelle McPherson said it was a wonderful initiative.

Hilliard teacher Katy Matteo said: “I am so proud of their efforts and for the incredible support of our school families, church members and wider community who got behind them and helped them achieve this goal.”

At the Hilliard Christian School presentation night, the girls received the Andrew Wilkie Award for their outstanding contribution to the community.