HELPING HAND: Toolooa State High Interact members Kaitlyn Read, Rhiannan Seal, Jasmyn Dew (front) and Lauren Brennan and Melissa Ndabanengi (back).
HELPING HAND: Toolooa State High Interact members Kaitlyn Read, Rhiannan Seal, Jasmyn Dew (front) and Lauren Brennan and Melissa Ndabanengi (back). Laura Mckee

Students work together to make difference in world

TOOLOOA State High School's Interact Club is trying to make a difference in Gladstone and around the world.

Students in the club from grades 7-12 complete two projects per year; international and local.

For their international project they decided to hold a sausage sizzle at Bunnings to raise a target of $1000 to buy shelterboxes.

"We wanted to send over some shelterboxes to places like Nepal with the earthquake," Interact president Kaitlyn Read said.

"The box is made of thick plastic and inside is a tent, water, cooking utensils, things to keep kids amused, portable stove, mosquito nets and heaps more.

"We raised $2300 and the boxes cost $1000 to buy so we got two."

The Rotary Club of South Gladstone bought the boxes for the students and sent them off to a warehouse in Melbourne to be made up.

Since 2000, Shelter Box has responded to more than 170 disasters in over 70 countries.

More than 120,000 boxes have been delivered and sheltered more than a million people. Kaitlyn, school captain at Toolooa, said it was a good feeling to be able to raise a large sum of money for those who needed the supplies.

"We feel great and we are all here to contribute to the community," she said.

"We get to have fun while we do it and you see the benefits."

Club members have already completed their local project, raising $189 for Thangool State School.

They sold iceblocks to help rebuild the school's library which was destroyed by Cyclone Marcia.



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