Grammar students raise $100,000 to help Africa

NEWCASTLE Grammar school students have abandoned their coat and tie for a white collar of a different kind.The school has raised a mammoth $100,000 to build three boarding houses for disadvantage school children in Farkwa, Tanzania, by wearing white polo T-shirts on Friday.The students bought specially designed Tanzanian-themed T-shirts in October last year and have worn them to school each Friday since.They have also raised money through a "Phones for Farkwa" program where they earned money by donating old mobile phones, batteries and accessories for recycling.Their goal is to raise $150,000 as part of the World Vision School to School program.Principal Alan Green said in Tanzania only one in five children progressed to high school.World Vision helped the Farkwa community build a high school in 2004 but it now needs three boarding houses to help its students study without being exposed to the elements. "Once hearing about the work World Vision had been doing in Tanzania to continually boost the quality of education available, we decided to embark on this project," Mr Green said.He said the program was also an opportunity for cultural exchange."This is not just a fund-raising initiative, but an educational project encouraging our students to be more globally aware, globally minded and globally supportive," Mr Green said.

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