Bunbury Leschenault Rotary’s annual charity drive cracks record can haul

Jacinta CantatoreBunbury Herald
Adam Road Primary School students collected 845 cans during the Give a Damn Give a Can charity drive.
Camera IconAdam Road Primary School students collected 845 cans during the Give a Damn Give a Can charity drive. Credit: Supplied

South West school students have once again proven they give a damn about helping out those in need in the 21st year of the Bunbury Leschenault Rotary’s annual charity drive.

A record 26 schools from around the region took part in the Give a Damn Give a Can campaign, donating non-perishable goods that will be collected to create food packs, Christmas hampers and supplies for day-to-day living.

Rotary members collected the donated food in the last week of term three, finding themselves with a record-breaking total of 10,033 cans.

“Many of the Give a Damn Give a Can collections were truly wonderful,” Rotary campaign co-ordinator Vic Puzey said.

“The outright champion school was again Kingston Primary with 1780 items, followed by tied runners-up Grace Christian School and Bunbury Catholic College, who had over 1250 cans each.

“Also highly commendable were South Bunbury primary with 1004 and Adam Road primary with 845.”

Bunbury Catholic College students collected 1272 cans during the charity drive.
Camera IconBunbury Catholic College students collected 1272 cans during the charity drive. Credit: Supplied

Mr Puzey said some of the smaller schools also put in a massive effort.

Picton Primary donated 697 items, which represented more than 4 cans per student and won the school the title of “Cans per Student” champions.

“Altogether 17 schools each donated over 100 items and of course all donations were much appreciated,” Mr Puzey said.

“Again this year all the foods were passed on for distribution to the In Town Centre, Salvation Army and St Vincent de Paul Society.”

“A big thank you to the schools and all the families who supported through their students.”

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