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Students donate to charity

GRIFFITH High School student Aimee Wells gets a thank you kiss from Suicide Awareness president Val Rowe and Country Hope's Babs Donaldson. Aimee and her classmates donated funds they raised during their Year 10 formal last year to the two groups.

THE work of local charity groups is not the usual topic you'd expect to hear your average teenager discussing. But, for the members of last year's Griffith High School Year 10 formal organising committee, where they'd donate any left over funds was right up there with hairstyles, dresses, suits and table settings.
Organising committee member Aimee Wells said Griffith Suicide Awareness and Country Hope were chosen for the good work they do with young people. Just under $500, the remaining funds from the sale of tickets for the event held at the Gemini Hotel in November, was shared between the two groups.
"We know they are local charities and both help young people," Aimee said. "Our year was touched by suicide a few years ago and we know that there are lots of sick kids out there who need help. When we started planning it was one of the first things we thought of."
Country Hope's Babs Donaldson thanked the students for their generosity. "We are just so grateful and delighted to see teenagers being so thoughtful and thinking about others," she said. "We have recently gone from 10 sick kiddies to 11 so any help we can get is welcome."
Suicide Awareness president Val Rowe said acts of kindness such as this donation restored her faith in young people. "That youth are getting behind us is wonderful," she said. "This money will go toward our Fresh Start program that we are about to start."

By TANYA PATTISON, The Area News, 22 February 2008.



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