Students take up orphanages' cause

02:51, Jun 22 2012
Orphans Aid
GENEROUS WITH TIME: Orphans Aid International founder Sue van Schreven with Wakatipu High School volunteers Molly Watherston, Sophie Lake and Caitlin Laurenson.

Queenstown-based charity Orphans Aid International is hoping a decision to hold its annual street appeal on the opening day of the Queenstown Winter Festival will pay off.

"We've never done it at Winter Festival before but I think it's the perfect time to do it because you can connect with people from out of town as well which is great," said the charity's founder, Sue van Schreven.

The last street appeal in the resort raised about $2000, but Mrs van Schreven hopes to double that this year and has a large group of local school students on hand to help out.

About 30 students from Wakatipu High School's Hay House have offered to collect. Hay House deputy leader Caitlin Laurenson said they wanted to give something back to the community and made Orphans Aid International their official charity for 2012.

"Everyone seemed really keen to help out and make it work even when they had other commitments," she said.

The students will be joined by a group of 10 volunteers and will be out collecting from 2pm until 7pm. The funds raised will go towards the charity's international orphanages and local projects.


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