Teens rises to challenge

Magnificent effort: Leongatha Secondary College students celebrate their Salvation Army Schools Challenge award last week with South Gippsland Captains Heather and Martyn Scrimshaw.

THE KINDNESS and compassion of Leongatha Secondary College’s students was recognised last week when the school was awarded state runner-up in the Salvation Army School Challenge.

Despite being up against some of the biggest schools in Victoria, the college raised almost $8000 for the Red Shield Appeal – the second highest in Victoria.

Around 20 students raised around $1500 by door knocking and the South Gippsland Winter Sleep Out organised by the school’s student leaders raised another $4000.

A school sleep-in and other fundraisers added to the total, with around 50 students involved in the challenge.

South Gippsland Salvation Army captain Martyn Scrimshaw said it was a great effort for the school for its first year taking part in the challenge.

“It’s a gutsy effort, considering they’re up against much bigger schools,” he said.

“I’d really like to thank everyone who took part for their incredible effort.”

Mr Scrimshaw also thanked three teachers, Fiona McKenzie, Greg Elt and Jamie Brandsma, for helping organise fundraisers for the Red Shield Appeal.

The school will again take up the schools challenge next year, with Mr Scrimshaw stating the sleep-out in particular will be “bigger and better”.

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