McKinnon Secondary Students Take The 24 Hour Relay Challenge

Written on the 28 November 2012

McKinnon Secondary Students Take The 24 Hour Relay Challenge

More than 700 McKinnon Secondary College students walked and ran around their oval for 24 hours from 10am on Friday the 16th of September to raise awareness and funds for organ and tissue donation.


Georgie along with Education Minister, Martin Dixon and Member for Bentleigh, Elizabeth Miller visited the local school to join the students and their principal in a lap of the oval and to congratulate students and staff on their commitment and fundraising efforts.


Georgie spoke to the students about Zaidee’s Rainbow Foundation, who will receive all the funds raised, telling them what a fantastic organisation Zaidees is  and how it works to save lives by increasing awareness of organ and tissue donation.


Elizabeth Miller, Member for Bentleigh also attended the event, where she was impressed to see so many members of the McKinnon Secondary College community raising money and awareness for such a worthy cause.


“We have a proud history in Bentleigh of taking an interest in community issues and finding ways to contribute. It was really fantastic to see young people so engaged in the event.


“Last year 107 Victorian families made the generous decision to donate the organs of loved ones and it was a credit to this community to be fundraising for such a worthy cause,” Ms Miller said.


Around 100 teams of seven will participate in the school’s third 24 hour Relay Challenge to raise funds for Zaidee’s Rainbow Foundation,


McKinnon Secondary College Principal Pitsa Binnion said the school aims to raise $35,000 for the Foundation.


“All of us here at McKinnon Secondary College are honoured to be able to assist this very special organisation which has already helped to save lives,” Ms Binnion said.


“We are thrilled to showcase our college’s deep commitment to important community concerns and to contribute in a significant way to ensure the community benefits.


“This is a wonderful event that brings together the entire school and local community. In 2010 we raised $15,000 for Canteen and last year $26,000 for Beyond Blue.”


A 30 student committee organised the event, which will see more than 100 parents and staff supervising students throughout the night. Tents will be erected on the oval for rest and sleep.

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