What is Rainbow Day?
This question and many others were answered when students from Mudgee High School spoke at the Probus Club June meeting and morning tea.
In a very informative talk, School Captain Gerard Tioseco and Vice-Captain Jonathan Harris said Rainbow Day originated in 2002 and as an alternative to Muck-up-Day.
It provided a year-long positive activity and outcome in that funds raised throughout the year benefit the community.
Fundraising is ongoing throughout the year and includes amongst others collecting donations at a Day on Green and local markets. Rainbow Day, held on the students’ final day before exams begin, starts with students collecting at roadblocks and finishes with a fete and concert.
On average between $20,000 and $30,000 is raised each year which has been donated to organisations including Kanandah, Pioneer House, Mudgee Hospital, RSPCA, Rural Fire Services and State Emergency Services.
This year’s recipients will be Mudgee LifeSkills, helping them to continue providing services, employment and respite to those with disabilities.
St Francis Assisi, Mudgee’s sister school in East Timor will receive money towards repairs and new infrastructure.
Probus Club member Kevin Pye thanked the students for their presentation and congratulated them on their fundraising efforts and the manner in which they carried out their duties as school ambassadors.