Students learn to help the community and the world

Longburn Adventist College students Lucas Hewetson-Talamaivao, left Moses Medland and Milika Matangi, right, donate some goods to Palmerston North SPCA Kennel Supervisor Jaz De Groot.

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Longburn Adventist College students Lucas Hewetson-Talamaivao, left Moses Medland and Milika Matangi, right, donate some goods to Palmerston North SPCA Kennel Supervisor Jaz De Groot.

A Covid-19 hiatus in fundraising efforts hasn’t stopped a school in Manawatū from providing donations to those in need.

Longburn Adventist College donated food bags and $ 100 to the Palmerston North SPCA on Thursday as part of the school’s annual fundraising work.

Teacher Sandy van Wyk said the Covid-19 restrictions meant the school was unable to host some of its events where it typically raises funds during the year.

But this quarter, they started collecting donations to give to the SPCA, getting things like canned goods and packaged food.

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The school is also involved in World Vision and Operation Christmas Child, which gives gifts to children around the world, as part of its three fundraising events.

“The goal is for students to learn to do something not only for the world at large, but also for the local community,” said van Wyk.

She said people love animals, so the SPCA was a good organization to support.

The students, staff and the whole school all supported the food drives.

“It’s just exciting to see people so generous with their donations.

Student Lucas Hewetson-Talamaivao was among a group of students who handed in the donations.

He said Covid-19 restrictions prevented them from hosting normal school fundraising events like bake sales and crisps sales, so the students spread the word that the people could always donate to the cause.

He said they had been well supported and the group was happy with their efforts.

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