Mudgee High School’s Rainbow Day is next Thursday (September 21), as the tradition of students fundraising before graduating reaches its fifteen year.
The class of 2017 are raising money for the Mudgee Branch of the Benevolent Society and MHS’s sister school in Fatuberliu, East Timor St Francis of Assisi High School.
Rainbow Day will begin with donation stations outside the tennis courts in Church Street, the Lawson Park bridge on Ulan Road, and near the mini-mart on Market Street, where drivers are urged to dig deep.
Before the fete back at Mudgee High for Year 6 students from the local primary schools and then for the high school students at lunch. The day will conclude with the annual Rainbow Day concert.
While the day is noticeable – due to the bright colours – the year group has actually been hard at work fundraising for some time now, starting when they were in Year 11 hosting the Farewell Social for last year’s graduating students.
They also had stands at the Country V City Origin match held at Glen Willow in May and then again at the Small Farm Field Days in July.
They were also marshals for Tri Club events and sold food at the school’s swimming and athletics carnivals.
And they received a donation from the Mudgee Performing Arts Socitey gala night.
The students will be holding a charity auction at 7pm this Friday night (September 15) at the Oriental Hotel, with a number of items of signed sporting memorabilia going under the hammer.
Prior to Rainbow Day will be the annual Billy Holland Memorial soccer match when the students take on staff.
And two students will also be waxed on Wednesday to add to the fundraising total.
Rainbow Day started in 2002 as an alternative to 'Muck Up Day', originally it started as a way of raising money for students who'd fallen on hard times but now raises money for an organisations or causes voted on by each year group.
Drivers who donate to the stations next Thursday are reminded that their vehicles need to be stopped in the bays marked out with witches hats.
The students can’t cross the road to collect donations.