A Fitting Connection’s purpose is to empower people to be purposeful in their purchasing and disposing choices.
We believe we achieved this over the last month or so of the school term with our sustainable fundraising program we delivered to the Environmental Council at Apollo Parkways Primary School
When the school originally registered their interest in our program they were learning face to face. And as we all know 2021 took a sudden twist and the students were once again remote learning. But the Environmental Council undertook our Fundraising with Purpose program with enthusiasm despite the challenge.
We delivered the content over 2 sessions using webix which included purposeful product development and their thoughts around the fundraising money and marketing.
The students and teacher decided that rather than volunteers making the product that they would make the products themselves. So we sent a volunteer in to help the students streamline the process.
While the students only worked on the products for 30min at a time, they quickly started to understand what it may feel like to work in a factory. At the end of 4 making sessions the students made over 50 dog toys from waste which was broken up over
* 10kg of textile waste
* 27kg of tennis balls
Over the 4 making sessions the students also took photos of the schools therapy dog with the toys and discussed marketing and pricing strategies which included a survey of who had dogs and if they purchase Christmas gifts for them. This helped them understand how many toys they should make to ensure they remain purposeful and didn’t over produce.
Their follow students and community supported their efforts and sales rolled in on the same day they opened up for sales. In the end they sold 98% of the products made and raised $384 dollars which they donated to Greenpeace Australia Pacific.
All through the process the students showed thoughtful consideration, eagerness to learn and passion. And when we thought we couldn’t be any prouder of their achievements, they went and acknowledged that they made money from rubbish. We may have had to blink tears away
A huge thank you goes out to Apollo Parkways Primary School for their involvement in our program. As well as to Nillumbik Shire Council for supporting the program and having a hand in making it a success so the students finished the year on a high.