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Ava’s recycling fundraiser for Cancer Council surges

Senior students have jumped on board to help Ava Tarquinio, Year 4, increase her fundraising efforts to help children and adults with cancer – while protecting the environment through recycling.

Ava kicked off her cash for cans and bottles project in late 2018 to raise money for the Queensland Cancer Council, which assists with counselling and other services.

“… I was holding a recyclable item and wondered if there was a way that I could get money back from it. After some research with my family I discovered the cash for cans scheme …” said Ava.

For every bottle recycled we will get 10 cents back. We use recyclable items every day of our lives and I am sure we can all help to start collecting them together. Not only does this mean a clean environment but the 10 cents from every bottle we collect as a community will make a difference to those people battling cancer.

Ava is being helped by Junior College Teacher, Recycling and EcoMarine Coordinator, Paul Hemphill, and Senior College students who are putting together a promotional video for the project.

Due to the great work of Ava, the College is now collecting bottles for the Queensland Cancer Council. Most bottles, less than one litre, can be donated to the red bins around the College.

“For parents’ convenience, there is a special drop off point in the Eastern carpark on Friday mornings and all the money goes to Queensland Cancer Council – a great cause that supports both adults and children,” said Mr Hemphill.

For Ava and Saint Stephen’s College this is a double win. We raise funds that will go directly towards helping Queenslanders battling cancer, we help our environment, reduce drink containers litter and promote increased recycling.

So, don’t forget to drop off your plastic water bottles, cans, juice boxes, glass bottles and flavoured milk bottles in the marked red bins at the College Eastern Carpark every Friday morning.