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2016 Homeless Connect

A student-led awareness and fundraising initiative by Springbrook State School has produced 100 personal support care packages for the Gold Coast Homeless Connect Day at Metricon Stadium on August 3rd.  
With only thirty-four students, the school partnered with Mission Australia to distribute the packages for Gold Coast annual event.  
Principal, Sarah Jane Ash was immensely proud to see the end results of the student-driven project. 
“As a teacher and principal, it is humbling to see the compassion, understanding and empathy from our students that has been displayed throughout this initiative,” Ms Ash said.
“It is impressive to realise that our students identified homelessness as an issue that was of concern to them and they designed how they could make a difference to the lives of others; it is something to be very proud of.” 
Year 6 student Arky Beasley believes strongly in the initiative, stating that, “Homeless people are people too and it is quite concerning to see such a large number of children sleeping on the streets and cars. I am sometimes scared to think that kids my age could be living out on the streets without a pillow to rest their head on and without food in their stomach.”
The school held a Winter Free Dress Day where all students donated a non-perishable food or personal hygiene item, collecting over five baskets of donations.
The school also raffled two donated prize hampers which raised over $750 towards purchasing items for the care packages.
“This group of dedicated students in school uniforms approached local businesses for donations in support of their project and they were well supported by local businesses and community members,” Ms Ash said.
Support was provided by the Springbrook Mountain Community Association, The Honourable Ros Bates MP Member for Mudgeeraba, Myer, Priceline, Coles Labrador and Robina, Kmart Southport, Bunnings Nerang, Terry White Chemist, Woolworths Mudgeeraba, Robina Town Centre, Ray Cavanough, and many school community members. 
Mission Australia representative Darren Stockman was amazed by the overwhelming support and response from the small school community.
“I can’t believe that such an amazing result has been achieved by one student’s awareness of homelessness,” Mr Stockman said.
“The passion that has been shown by the children and the support they have received from the community is heart-warming and will make an immense difference to real people.”
Year 5 student Brit Northam says very simply, “It is a concern to me that so many people are homeless and on the streets and donating supplies to them is the least we can do.”