Thursday, 16 Feb 2017

February is a special month with significance on love. Volunteering allows students to pour love onto others and develop social skills that can’t be learned in a classroom environment.

Students Keira Knox (Year 12), Emily Weber and Tayla Innes (Year 9) volunteered their time to sell roses and lolly bags on Valentine’s Day which was a huge success.

The funds were raised for Orange Sky Laundry, which is the world's first free mobile laundry service for the homeless.

Emily Weber said she was overwhelmed by the generosity of local suppliers who donated the items for sale.

“We are so thankful to Currey’s Flower Farm, Coles Bellbowrie, Woolworths Brassall and Karalee and Aldi Brassall who were more than happy to help.”

“Currey’s donated approximately 1000 roses – we were absolutely blown away,” Tayla Innes added.

Throughout 2017, WestMAC has chosen to support Orange Sky Laundry through many of its fundraising ventures.

Deputy Head of Middle School, Heath Del Favero said “Middle and Senior School have united together to fundraise for this worthy charity and the Valentine’s stall kick started our 2017 event and fundraising.”

“Over $1800 was raised, which is an outstanding result and reflects the efforts and initiative of our student leaders,” Mr Del Favero added.

Earlier this year, staff were honoured to hear the founders of Orange Sky Laundry present on the difference they are making locally, nationally and soon-to-be internationally.

Orange Sky Laundry is a catalyst for conversation. In the one hour it takes to wash and dry someone's clothes they are able to have positive and genuine conversation.

Further information on this amazing charity is available at