Research from the Australian Council of Social Services shows that 731,000 children in Australia are living in poverty, adding to a total of 3 million Australians who live in poverty.
Such statistics are what caused SONDER to be formed in 2019. SONDER aims to provide stationery to schools with less fortunate children. Last year SONDER was able to give stationery to Harlaxton and Rockville schools but like all things this year, SONDER was not able to provide stationery to any schools. However, this did not stop the influx of stationery and money for the cause.
Year 10 student, Hannah Stunden, when she heard of SONDER, immediately knew that she could do something to help. After noticing how many girls threw away their stationery at the end of each term, Hannah decided to collect all the school items and donate some of them to St. Vinnies and SONDER. Hannah's work seeks not only to help underprivileged students but she also hopes that she can stop these school items from ending up in landfill as each year millions of pens and learning utensils end up in landfills globally.
Such recycling efforts have become a trademark of SONDER. Currently, all monetary donations for SONDER have come from recyclable containers, an effort by Year 11 student, Sandra Miller, which has resulted in $512.10 being raised for the cause.
Thanks to all the Glennie girls who have continued to support SONDER. The collected stationery will be delivered to schools at the end of this term. Both Hannah and Sandra are very grateful for this support and ask girls not to throw away their stationery but to bring them to the collection tub located outside the Tufnell Head of House Office; as any book with spare pages can give a child a chance to excel in math or express their creativity.
Mrs Sue Watts
Head of House - Tuffnell