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Lower Hutt student’s fundraising pay off

Aug 12th, 2009 | By | Category: Front Page Layout, Latest News, News

melaniemain-150x1501THIRD world countries are $13,396.66 better off thanks to tireless fundraising efforts by a Lower Hutt secondary student.

With the help of teachers and classmates, St Orans College year 13 student Melanie Northway  (right) was one of the top 60 World Vision fundraisers in New Zealand, extending her efforts well beyond the 40-hour famine to a week.

It means she will attend a World Vision leadership training week in Wellington and has a chance to be chosen as one of five to go to Cambodia to see how aid works.

This year, World Vision challenged New Zealand schools to “raise the stakes” for the famine, rewarding the top 60 schools with a scholarship for one student to attend the training week.

Melanie organised a coin trail, a students versus teachers debate, mufti day, sausage sizzle, and a netball game between Hutt International Boys School and St Oran’s seniors.

The 40hr-famine finished the week off, with more than 400 students participating, some taking part in a famine sleepover held at the school.

“The famine sleepover was the most organisation I’ve ever done in my life,” says Melanie.

During the training week, Melanie will get the opportunity to see how she has made a difference, and how she can continue making a difference in developing countries.

She will also develop her leadership skills, and meet other inspiring New Zealanders

At the end of the week, five Youth Ambassadors will be chosen to travel with World Vision to their development projects in Cambodia see how the funds raised by the famine are helping people.

Melanie is not getting her hopes up just yet about the trip, but is excited at the prospect of venturing outside her comfort zone.

“I would know how I’m helping. With raising this money I never see it again, or see the effects of it, but if I went to Cambodia, then I would actually feel like I am helping.

“I would go over there and see the people that I could potentially be helping with the money we raised.”

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