Hale School students turn $6 into $500 as part of basketball charity drive


Hale School Year 6 students Jed Hewitt, Lachlan Steele and Isaac Katz with Shawn Redhage and coaches Maurice Barrow, Cooper Hamilton and Matt Giorgi at the basketball clinic.
Hale School Year 6 students Jed Hewitt, Lachlan Steele and Isaac Katz with Shawn Redhage and coaches Maurice Barrow, Cooper Hamilton and Matt Giorgi at the basketball clinic.

THREE students from a Wembley Downs school have turned $6 into $500 for charity.

Year 6 Hale School students Jed Hewitt, Isaac Katz and Lachlan Steele took part in the $2 project, where they aimed to grow their gold coin into more money for local charities.

They initially raised $150 by cleaning neighbours’ bins but decided they wanted to do more.

Jed turned to his former neighbour and Perth Wildcats star Shawn Redhage for help, who agreed to run a basketball clinic at the school.

Students paid $10 each to participate in the clinic with the former Australian Boomers player and raised more than $500.

“There were lots of people who wanted to come; we sold out the 40 spots available really quickly,” Jed said.

“Shawn was really supportive and did the workshop for free because it was for charity.

“The project teaches you to think outside the box, starting with something small and building up.”

Redhage said he was happy to share his skills and stories, including a run-in with LeBron James at the 2008 Olympics, for a good cause.

“I thought it was a fantastic idea for a great cause and a no-brainer to teach them skills and raise funds for charity,” he said.

All Year 6 students took part in the project, with others fundraising by washing cars, selling homemade food, making and selling toys, mowing lawns and gardening.

Students raised more than $7000 overall, which will be donated to Nulsen Disability Services, Ronald McDonald House, Muscular Dystrophy WA, Starlight Children’s Foundation, The Salvation Army and Samaritan’s Purse.

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