Foodbank donation

By Ashleigh Fielding | posted on June 19, 2020

A GROUP of Albany students has donated 1000 cans of food to Foodbank in response to a shortage felt by the impact of COVID-19.

Junior and middle school leaders from Great Southern Grammar (GSG) set themselves a goal to collect 750 packaged items from their peers to donate to Foodbank Albany, but managed to top that and reach 1000 – the equivalent of 459kg of food.

Student leaders Lachlan Steytler and Albert Gouldthorp visited homerooms and classrooms over the course of a couple of weeks reminding people to bring in their donations.

GSG Principal Mr Mark Sawle said it was important to remember the school’s values during a time of crisis.

“At GSG they are integrity, respect, compassion and commitment,” he said.

“I am so proud of the students who stood fast to these values and organised this significant donation.

“We are traversing difficult waters locally and globally and the challenges continue to be significant, but together as a compassionate community, we can face them.”

Foodbank Albany Branch Manager Rod Pfeiffer said the GSG donation will go straight to hampers the organisation has been making for people struggling to afford groceries.

“It makes a massive difference,” he said.

“We have been really blessed with donations of late, but we know things can change quite quickly, so we appreciate any donations of tinned products, or people can donate cash.”