AN excursion to Melbourne recently was enough to sow a seed among students at Billabong High School to play a role in helping homeless people live more comfortably.
The Culcairn students were touched and saddened when they saw homeless people. For many it was their first glimpse of this side of life.
Billabong High relieving principal Julie Bowen said the students were currently raising funds for the Backpack Beds charity.
They have one of the backpack beds at their school and many of the students have been donating any spare change to the cause. On December 15 the school will host a plain-clothes day with a Christmas theme and encourage students to give a gold coin donation.
“They can all relate to people being in need, and they have come back from a Melbourne excursion where they saw homeless people … it has really given them something to think about,” she said.
The backpack beds are valued at $95 each and the school is aiming to raise as much as possible. Meanwhile, Year 12 students have donated a “Welcome to Billabong High School” sign as their parting gift.
More than 30 students have finished Year 12 at the school and Mrs Bowen said it was customary to provide a gift.
She said the sign looked excellent.