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“Coolies” to volunteer their time in earthquake ravaged Nepal at the end of Year 12 Featured

A group of Year 12 students from The Cathedral School will have a different Schoolies Week celebration to most other teenagers their age as they volunteer their time in the earthquake ravaged country of Nepal.

The group of 18 students and two staff members will depart on Sunday 22 November and are looking forward to providing disaster relief to the Nepalese people and helping rebuild a local school in the area.

In an attempt to raise $5,000 to purchase building supplies and items for the school children, the group of students will conduct a “Box Sleep Out” on Friday 13 November to fully understand how the local people have to now live after the country was devastated by an earthquake earlier this year.


Year 12 student Naomi Ramlah said “We will all be gathering on our school oval, for an overnight sleep out in nothing but a box. We are also going to partake in a Nepalese language lesson and only eat plain rice.”

“Sleeping in a brand new box on freshly cut grass will never compare to how the Nepalese people have to live after the earthquake however this is one very small way we can try and relate to them and raise some money to purchase supplies over there” added Naomi.

Coordinating teacher, Ms Katrina Wilshire said “The Year 12 students are really looking forward to the trip and making a real difference to those less fortunate than themselves. I think they will also become far more grateful for the life they live and all the opportunities they have in Australia.” 

Year 12 student Harry Cox has chosen to attend the trip as opposed to normal Schoolies Week celebrations “I'm really looking forward to going to Nepal, because I get a buzz out of helping people and I would prefer to do that than party.  I can party any time, but this really means something.”

“I hope to gain new perspective on what exactly these people have had to persevere through and use this knowledge as I enter adulthood and work towards a obtaining a career helping others” added Harry.

The students will spend just over two weeks in Nepal with one week being spent providing disaster relief and helping to rebuild a local school and the other week will be spent sightseeing around the country.

The “Box Sleep Out” fundraiser will take place on Friday 13 November and the students will depart for Nepal on Sunday 22 November after they graduate from School on Friday 20 November.

Cash donations to purchase building supplies and items for the children can be made on their GoFundMe Page 


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