Rutherford students back neighbourhood centre appeal
In 2017 Maitland Neighbourhood Centre gave out more than 250 Christmas hampers to families in need and with demand high again this year a local school is stepping up.
This week students from Rutherford Technology High School launched their Christmas appeal, seeking donations of small gifts and non-perishable food items that will be passed on to the neighbourhood centre for distribution next month.
Coordinated by the Student Representative Council (SRC), the appeal comes off the back of October’s ‘Kindness Month’. Running in conjunction with Mental Health Awareness Month, it promoted the power of acts of kindness and recognised students for their efforts.
This time, the SRC is looking to engage with kindness in the wider community.
“It’s good to link the school and community,” student Jacinta Mangnall said.
“It’s important because it goes to families in need around here, and we do recognise that there are some students who need financial help.”
Student Support Officer Mary-Kate Ferguson said that the appeal was an opportunity for the students to reach out to those around them.
“We really wanted to support the Maitland Neighbourhood Centre because we know the good work they do,” she said.
“It’s also important for us to not be isolated in the school and be available to the community.”
Maitland Neighbourhood Centre is also accepting donations of non-perishable, festive food items and gifts at the Rutherford Community Centre. Gifts are asked to be unwrapped, and they are particularly seeking gifts for teenage boys as there is often a shortfall in that age group.