Shop 'til you drop for good cause

Ashlea O'Shaughnessy, Olivia Neagle, Lucy Walker, Mikaela Skinner, Tammy Schinckel, Sophie Bates, Georgia Lai, Lucy Henschke and Chloe Burke.
Ashlea O'Shaughnessy, Olivia Neagle, Lucy Walker, Mikaela Skinner, Tammy Schinckel, Sophie Bates, Georgia Lai, Lucy Henschke and Chloe Burke.

Shop 'til you drop and support a good cause at the Head Heart Hand Connect Shopping Spree, which will be held on August 16.

Organised by students of the Naracoorte Independent Learning Centre, participants will be treated to a VIP shopping experience, while raising money to help build sanitation facilities in Cambodia.

Teacher Tammy Schinckel said the students were tasked with coming up with fundraisers with the potential to raise $1000 and after holding a wood raffle, a stand selling produce and a pie drive, the group wanted to do something that would benefit the community as well.

"Our community has been hit hard with COVID-19, and a lot of local shops shut down when it first hit - they had reduced hours, people weren't coming out of their houses, so it wasn't viable for shops to be open and so forth," Ms Schinckel said.

"So we tried to come up with fundraisers that could actually benefit our community as well as give us the opportunity to raise some funds.

"We thought about what we could do to give back to our local community, and so we asked all the businesses and to our delight and surprise, 18 of them have said they will be involved.

"Our intention was to provide an opportunity to have an injection of money into local businesses and at the same time for us to make some money to support some kids to go to Cambodia, when we are able to travel. All the money we raise will go towards that."

When travel restrictions ease, the students will travel to Cambodia, where they will assist in building a wash house at a school.

"We are trying to increase the hygiene, because hygiene can be the difference between life and death in a country like Cambodia," she said.

"People now, after this virus, probably have a better understanding of what it would be like if you actually don't have a house you can socially isolate in or don't have hand washing facilities."

Tickets for the spree are $15 per person, which also includes a free coffee, a chance to win one of the amazing raffle prizes, and exclusive access to the stores, which will have super specials available just for participants.

Book as a group of eight for a fun day out together, or book alone and be put in a group and meet some new people.

They are selling fast, and no bookings will be taken on the day, so book a ticket ASAP by phoning the school on 8762 1333.

The students said they were very thankful for the support all the businesses had offered.