City Beach Residential College students dig in to help The Smith Family


John Curtin College of the Arts Year 10 student Corey Battersby helped raise more than $3000 in two years.
John Curtin College of the Arts Year 10 student Corey Battersby helped raise more than $3000 in two years.

CITY Beach Residential College students have staved off homesickness by raising money for the less fortunate.

Over the past two years, students who have come from places around WA to study Gifted and Talented Programs have held activities from car washes to barbecues and raised more than $3000 for The Smith Family.

College manager Chris Chuck said not everyone was fortunate enough to be financially placed to take up opportunities the students had, so they were keen to give back to the community.

“With students being away from home for 40 weeks of the year, they can feel a disconnect to their local communities,” he said.

“Having our students involved with the community that they are boarding in helps to provide a stronger sense of the Residential College being a home away from home.”

John Curtin College of the Arts Year 10 student Corey Battersby, from Katanning, said he had fun raising money.

“By fundraising I am not only having fun, but I am also raising awareness and helping a cause close to my heart,” he said.