Our Student Council (SC) recently organised a fund raiser for Hanoi Pet Rescue (HPR). HPR are an organisation based in the city that take care of abused animals. Their goal is to find loving homes for these animals and they take this very seriously.
The Student Council donating 10,000,000 VND to Hanoi Pet Rescue
This incredible learning experience began in one of your year 4 classes. The students were working on their unit of inquiry when the teacher began to explain about how bears are used in Asian countries for their body parts. Bile is drained from them and used for medicine. Some of the students began to cry and decided they must do something.
The year 4 class contacted the SC through their class representative and planning for "Animal Day" got underway. Students organised games, baked cookies, budgeted to get prizes, sought donations from teachers and coordinated the whole event. One of the year 4 students identified HPR from a brochure she saw in a cafe. This was much to my displeasure as I had already identified a charity I hoped we could donate to. I had to bite my lip as the SC explained to me they wanted to support "animals not people".
More than ten million Vietnam dong was raised which is about five hundred USD. It was a great learning experience for us all and reminded us we can all make a difference!