Schools show can-do for can appeal

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Swapping the traditional gold coin donation to a can of food on mufti-day was just one collection scheme undertaken by local students contributing to the annual Salvation Army / Wattie’s Cans for Good appeal.

The nationwide appeal is now in its 25th year, and organisers expect the number of cans donated nationally to surpass last year’s total of 92,000.

These will help restock Salvation Army food banks around the regions as they prepare for the Christmas season.

Tokomairiro High School (THS) head boy Reuben Wilson (18) said it was a great project to support, as everything went to local people in need.

Senior students at THS created an inter-house competition to collect cans.

Changing a mufti-day donation from a gold coin into a can of food saw South Otago High School (SOHS) students amass hundreds of cans to support the cause.

SOHS co-head student and organiser of the one-day can collection Briar Mills (17) said she undertook the project because she felt it was a great initiative to help the school’s community.

She said senior pupils arranged the one day appeal, with more than 500 cans collected.

Balclutha Primary School has had a long tradition of supporting worthy causes and Principal Paddy Ford said the school supported several local charities. He believes the can appeal is a worthwhile charity as it helped local families in need.

Balclutha Salvation Army food bank co-ordinator Stephanie Bowden said they were very pleased with the response by the schools, which will help those in need get through the winter season.