As 2015 wraps up there is good reason to feel optimistic (even if watching the news gets you down), because the future of this little island is in very good hands!
The year is drawing to a close, Christmas is just days away and Grade 12 students have received their exam results, which seems like the perfect time for a bright story about who will be running the planet in the years to come.
The Senior Leadership Council at the Friends School in Hobart is a group of Year 11 and 12 students who are keenly aware of their good fortune, so they really take on the proposition of living a positive, active life. When planning their leavers’ event, the students chose to use the sale of tickets to their dinner as way to raise money and awareness for a good cause. Students could opt to pay $5 on top of the price of their ticket and the money raised would go to a charity of the choice. The Leadership Council knew of the work of the Tasmanian Land Conservancy, so they decided to pledge their money to us. The dinner ticket fundraiser gathered over $800 which is a fantastic effort.
Meanwhile in the north of the state, Year 7 students at Devonport High School were raising money for the TLC’s Panatana campaign at their Great Day Out for Kids. This came on top of the awesome contribution to the TLC by the Albuera St Primary School kids earlier in the year when they raised money through their auction of a Tree Change Doll.
The TLC is so grateful for every single donation we receive. But what thrills us most is the level of awareness of conservation issues and the commitment to the environment of these clever, motivated and caring young people. With environment and sustainability part of daily conversation, students in primary and secondary schools are showing an inspiring level of understanding and ecological consciousness, which makes us think that the future really is in very good hands.