Festive fundraiser for troops

Taylar AmoniniNorth West Telegraph
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A Baler Primary School student is on a mission to ensure Australian soldiers on the frontline receive a Christmas gift as he raises funds and collects items to create Christmas boxes for troops.

While creating Christmas boxes for troops with his family, Connor Gill, 11, thought of a way to spread the Christmas joy by getting his school involved in the process.

Creating boxes filled with food, presents, letters and supplies, Connor single-handedly organised a free dress day at the local primary school to raise money and donations to create even more boxes.

The Year 5 student said it was important to him because of the work troops did for everyday Australians like him and his family.

“This is just something little we can do to make (Australian troops) feel good because they’re doing something big to save us,” he said.

“(Getting the school involved) means we’re going to have more stuff for (the boxes) and everyone is really excited so far.”

Despite his nerves during his presentation to principal Karen Burgess, Connor said he felt good afterwards as he created posters to promote the free dress day fundraiser, suggestion lists for his fellow students and seeing the excitement from his friends.

“Heaps of people have brought in stuff to put in the boxes and my friends have said they’re excited to help me,” Connor said.

“I will stay after school and at recess and lunch to create the boxes.”

Ms Burgess said the school got on board with Connor’s plan after he created a proposal presentation.

“It gave me goosebumps, just listening to his passion about it and the reasons why he wanted to do it,” she said. “His passion, and also the way he had thought it all out and organised it, was the reason we got on board. He didn’t just come in with a thought off the top of his head.”

The money will now be used to purchase 20 extra boxes and items to include in them.

Students and the public have been invited to donate items such as toiletries, non-perishable food, pet toys and letters of support to include in the boxes.

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