Students seek expensive ball redress for refugee charity

Jonica Stick, Freya Power and S’Le’Enat Davidson (all Y11s) from MLC donating money to refugees.
Jonica Stick, Freya Power and S’Le’Enat Davidson (all Y11s) from MLC donating money to refugees.

THE image of a drowned toddler now synonymous with the Syrian refugee crisis made Jonica Stick reconsider the exorbitant amount of money some Year 12 students spend on their ball.

“It was the photo of that little boy – we were spending so much on one night and it just seemed so unfair,” the Year 11 Methodist Ladies’ College student said.

Jonica recently launched the Dressless4refugees fundraising campaign and is hoping to raise more than $5000 for Oxfam, which will provide basic essentials like blankets and hygiene products for refugees.

She is urging students to cut back on their spending and donate the money they would have used for their ball expenses to the fundraising campaign.

Jonica said she knew of at least one girl in her year group spending $5000 on her Year 12 ball gown.

“I think it has got to a point where it’s over the top,” she said.

“The amount of money you spend is not going to determine how much fun you have, so why not put it towards someone who needs it?”

Jonica recently launched the Dressless4-refugees fundraising campaign, which aims to raise more than $5000 for Oxfam.

She is asking students to cut back on their spending and donate the money they would have used for their ball expenses to the fundraising campaign.

“I don’t think we need to spend $2000 to have fun. I don’t think it’s necessary,” she said.

“We were extremely lucky to be born here.”

With planning under way for next year’s ball, Jonica said at least half of her year group had committed to the campaign and she was on track to contribute her entire $500 budget to Oxfam after finding a second-hand dress and sourcing relatives for make-up and hair.

In the lead-up to her February 5 ball, Jonica will be contacting the principals of other local schools to gauge their interest in joining her campaign.

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