Pig out for the world's poor
LUKE Moody was almost oinking in delight when he pigged out on chocolate to help raise money to buy a special Christmas gift for a needy rural family overseas.
Bundaberg State High School students and teachers are thinking globally and are making huge efforts to do what they can for the worldwide community.
The school is buying and selling chocolates as part of their Pig out for Piglets fundraising campaign, which aims to buy pigs for poor rural families as part of the CAREgifts project.
Pig out for Piglets organiser Noela Shortman said the fundraiser was a good way for the school to raise money for something outside of the school grounds.
"We are always raising money for things inside the school, so I thought it was about time we did something outside of school,'' Mrs Shortman said.
Around 675 million rural poor people around the world depend on livestock for food and income and through the program people can select what type of animal or basic facility they would like to buy a needy community.
As well as pigging out for piglets, the Year 11 biology class is working in conjuction with St Vincent De Paul to collect old school equipment to donate to schoolchildren in Papua New Guinea.
Year 11 biology teacher Paul Olsen said many of the children at schools in Papua New Guinea did not have access to paper or pencils.
"A lot of the kids in the schools have to write in the dirt on the floor,'' he said.
Activities such as these help to build community welfare awareness within the students and make them realise how lucky they are to live in Australia.
"It creates empathy in the kids,'' Mr Olsen said.
"It's like they say, give globally, act locally.''
The school also has an active and dedicated Amnesty Active group who are involved in a yearly Christmas shoe box appeal.
Mr Olsen said if anyone would like to donate working school equipment they could drop it into the office at Bundaberg State High School.