Community interaction at the heart of award-winning club

The Interact Club with Susanna Carr and their Seven News Young Achievers Award.
The Interact Club with Susanna Carr and their Seven News Young Achievers Award.

A GROUP of Willetton Senior High School students dedicated to charitable projects have been recognised for giving back to the community.

The school’s Interact Club received the Youth Group award at the Seven News Young Achievers Awards for their work in a number of not-for-profit projects.

The extra-curricular group is made up of more than 70 students and often works with the Rotary Club of Willetton and the South East Regional Centre for Urban Landscape.

In 2018, the club helped raise $7000 for a number of non-for-profit organisations and president Jae Brieffies said the club inspired members to contribute for the greater good of the community.

“It’s given all of us a sense of how important it is to be pursuing something which means something bigger and how much we value giving back to our community,” she said.

“I’m sure that’s going to be part of our lives throughout uni and the rest of our lives.”

Club advisor Mihan De Silva said they enjoyed having the ability to affect change in the community while still in high school.

“We are empowered at this age and we don’t have to wait until we have a job or until we’re in the workforce, we can actually have an impact on the community while we’re still young and in school,” the former club president said.

He said the club’s work with Living Child to send maternity packages to Papua New Guinea in 2017 was one of his personal highlights.

“We got to see the effect it had on mothers there because the mortality rate for mothers and their babies were quite high,” he said.

“It was nice to see you could physically see what we were doing and it was tangible.”

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