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Kaniva students fighting MND

Kaniva College students are raising money in the fight against motor neurone disease, MND. 

VCE Vocational Major students Bonnie Gordon, Logan Tink and Mirkadesh Palenapa were required to identify an issue they were passionate about and close to their hearts as part of their unit four, personal development skills subject. 

They went on to plan, organise and evaluate a community project to engage their peers and community while building awareness of their selected issue. 

During semester two, the students engaged their school and local communities in a series of fundraising events. 

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At a school level, the students organised a ‘crazy hair’ day and barbecue in August followed by a ‘sports colours’ day and activities afternoon, supported by the School Representative Council, on the last day of term three. 

During October their focus went beyond the classroom walls. They engaged with 26 local businesses to conduct a raffle and, due to generous donations of the businesses involved, sold more than 500 tickets.

The project concluded with a family-friendly trivia night at the Kaniva Community Hub. 

Seven tables and 48 people attended the trivia night, along with children who spent the evening watching movies. Jok Jokantas was master of ceremonies.  

After eight rounds and two challenge tasks, the Jen Z team including Ash, Sharon and Patrick Munn, Jen and Chris Tuckwell and Steve and Kylie King were crowned trivia champions. 

They were not the only winners on the evening. Holly Tink and Alaine McFarlane received lucky door prizes, Sharon Maddern and Billy King had lucky chairs, Harry Lannin won heads and tails, and Bridey Hawker and Robyn Bone selected the winning lucky squares. There were also 27 raffle prize winners.  The students raised $2279.70 for FightMND. 

The trio thanked the community for their generosity and support of their projects.  

Motor neurone disease is a neurodegenerative disease that affects motor neurones and early symptoms include muscle weakness, slurred speech and swallowing difficulties. There is no cure. 

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