Mundaring: Swan Christian School student hosting fundraiser for Filipino community

Renae Donnison invites the community to support a fete to raise funds for a Filipino village.
Renae Donnison invites the community to support a fete to raise funds for a Filipino village.

RENAE Donnison’s support for a Filipino community living in Third World conditions continues to grow long after the teenager opted for a school-leavers alternative to provide voluntary aid.

The Gidgegannup student’s adventure with the Leavers to Leaders program at Swan Christian School opened her eyes to the hardship of life in Purok Bangkal.

“We helped out where we could, fixing toilet blocks and doing up buildings, we also spent time with the children,” she said.

“While we were there, we realised we could make a big impact on the quality of their lives if we could raise the $20,000 needed to build a proper road into the village.”

With no way in, fishermen and farmers cannot drive their trucks into the village and the children have to endure a bumpy bus ride to school.

Renae took on the lead role in organising a fundraising fete to boost the coffers of the Swan Christian Education Association appeal.

She hopes the community will support the fete and encourages locals to pop along to the Connection Centre at Mundaring Church of Christ, Stoneville Road, from 10am to 3pm on Saturday, March 11.

There will be market and craft stalls, baked goods, housewares, face-painting and other family fun.

Renae said local businesses to lend their support included Guildford Town Bakery with a donation of hot dog buns and drinks from Pegasus Professional Accounting.

A plan to re-visit the Philippines is high on Renae’s list of goals for 2017, along with studying early childhood education at Edith Cowan University.

During the recent trip, she became friends with a 16-year-old villager who also aspires to be a schoolteacher.

Renae decided to sponsor her new friend’s education and she will pay the $30 monthly fee through her part-time job.

“Angeneth is the second eldest in a family of seven children, now she will be able to give up her job and return to school,” she said.