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Three Warracknabeal Secondary College students have raised over $1000 for the Elli Martha Fund after gaining inspiration from leadership school.

Leah Penny, Darcie O’Connor and Ireland Power were invited to attend School for Student Leadership at Glenormiston last year when they were studying Year Nine. The school’s curriculum focuses on personal development and team learning projects sourced from the students’ home regions.

During the 10-week course, the girls learnt about leadership and team work communication skills while at the unique school and were then challenged to create their own community leadership project. They chose to raise money for the Elli Martha Fund because they felt it was a local charity that was close to their hearts.

Leah said the girls set a target to raise $300 with two big raffles but were pleasantly surprised with the generosity of the community.

“My father cut two trailer loads of wood for us to raffle and we sold tickets at the Warrack Eagles versus Dimboola football match,” Leah said.

“It was really good because people from clubs were buying tickets,” she said.

“We also sold tickets outside Warracknabeal Pharmacy and just door to door in the town.”

Ireland said the girls also sold Elli Socks to teachers, staff and other students while at the leadership school camp.

“The response was great and we actually ran out of socks after the first day and we had to get more sent down to us,” Ireland said.

“In the finish, we raised $1030.85 from raffles and sock sales which was way beyond anything we had expected.”

Rural Northwest Health CEO and fund committee member Catherine Morley praised the three students for their commitment.

“It’s very warming to know that these girls recognised the importance of the Elli Martha Fund and worked hard to support it,” Ms Morley said.

“The community has been behind the fund from the start and we are supporting local families with children needing to travel long distances for medical treatment,” she said.

“It has been a rewarding and emotive experience.”

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