MAKING A DIFFERENCE
Hale School's Service Learning Programme offers students from Year 9 through to Year 12 opportunities to be involved in volunteer work in the local community as well as overseas. All these programmes are exciting, challenging and very rewarding for those students fortunate enough to participate in them.
But it doesn't have to stop there. . .
The experiences gained are often life changing and many students are keen to continue their commitment to volunteer work. Featured below are just some examples of how Old Haleians are helping to 'make a difference' in different parts of the world.
If you have participated in voluntary work within Australia or overseas we would appreciate details of your work so we can feature it here - for the benefit of other people:
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- Contact details of the organisation
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THE MANDALAY PROJECTS
Ian Love (1975-80) did not have the benefit of a service learning programme when he was at school – but that has not stopped him!
Having spent 16 years living and working in Asia, Ian is very aware of the vulnerability of unprotected children. Every year an estimated 1.8 million children are trafficked into slave labour, armed conflict, prostitution and pornography.
Ian’s idea of a small way in which he could make a difference has led to the formation of the Mandalay Projects which is currently working with eight different orphanages in Burma.
Alex Anderson (2000-04) started his service learning journey at School with his involvement with Sony Camp. He went on to UWA and joined Uni Camp For Kids – Perth’s oldest registered children’s charity. He’s been involved in one way or another ever since and he would encourage everyone to give it a go!
More information about how UCFK can be found on their website: http://www.unicampforkids.org.au
The Indigenous Communities Education Appeal is a not-for-profit youth-run charity which aims to empower indigenous youth and encourages greater cultural understanding. Programmes have been running in remote WA since 2007 – promoting education with emphasis on increasing student attendance rates. If you think you can help – Contact Will Clapin (2002-06) or visit the website: www.iceafoundation.com.au
NOVELS FOR NEPAL
Two Old Haleians from the Class of 2007 have been instrumental in forming a registered non-for-profit organisation called ‘Novels for Nepal’. Their aim: to raise $15,000 to build and stock a library in the Maha Budda Secondary School in a remote village in north-west Nepal. Yalbang Village has little access to even basic services such as healthcare and sanitation but they are fortunate enough to have a good school, run by motivated teachers who are helping the rural children out of the rut of poverty.
Danish Khan (2004-07) and Hong Rui Lee (2002-07) have taken on the roles of Sponsorship Officer and Finance respectively. Together with the rest of their group, they hope to prove that small amounts of money from large numbers of people – can make a difference.
'HALE SCHOOL' - CAMBODIA
"Hale School" in Kandal, Khsach District (1 hours from Phnom Penh, Cambodia) was officially opened by Headmaster, Stuart Meade in April 2009. The five room Middle School was built at a cost of $30,000 and was completely funded by Hale School students.
The school is also one of the many projects supported by Perth based charity Ride Aid www.rideaid.com.au
If Hale School families or Old Boys would like to visit "Hale School" please contact Frank Surgener - firstname.lastname@example.org