A GROUP of high school students have put their hard work and creativity into helping improve health services.
Year 11 manual arts students from Trinity Bay High School have produced a number of pallet pieces to be auctioned at this year’s The Power of Pallets fundraiser for the Far North Queensland Hospital Foundation.
School Design and Technology teacher Rob Wales said this was the third year the school’s students had participated, and they all got a kick out of knowing they were making a difference.
“It really is wonderful for them to put their new skills to good use for the community,” Mr Wales said. “We find this project is great motivation for the students to try to create their best work, knowing it is going to such a good cause,” he said.
“What they love too is afterwards, finding out how much their piece sold for at auction,” he said.
The Power of Pallets founder Kate Fern inspected some of the pieces produced this week and was astounded with the quality of workmanship.
“These students do such a great job with their pieces and it’s quite inspirational to see how motivated they are to make a difference in their community,” Ms Fern said.
She instigated the event four years ago as a way to do something tangible and productive for the community with items that would otherwise go to landfill.
This year’s The Power of Pallets presented by The Property Shop, will contribute towards a second cardiac catheter laboratory at Cairns Hospital.
“We move the funds around different areas of the hospital that needs it and this year as the cardiac catheter lab is the Foundation’s major fundraising push, that’s what we’re going to put the funds towards,” she said.
International gardening guru Jamie Durie is returning for this year’s auction and gala dinner on November 17 at The Tanks.
“Jamie’s really excited and he had some input into the changes we instigated this year – we do have a few tickets left but people should jump onto the website and grab them before they all go,” Ms Fern said.
For further information about The Power of Pallets and to buy tickets, click HERE.
Photo: The Power of Pallets founder Kate Fern and Trinity Bay High School teacher Rob Wales look over some of the students' work with Dreaki Lui, Andrew Pilot, Gohven Wong and Garry Exton.
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