Students empower women world-wide
A GROUP of students have joined forces to raise money to help women and girls all over the world.
Ipswich Girls Grammar Dean of Students Jayne Acutt said a group of Year 11 and 12 girls decided they would like to do something for charity, leading to the creation of Project X, where funds were donated to the Zonta Club of Ipswich.
"We had a suitcase rummage on Tuesday with jewellery, books, clothes and shoes," she said.
"On Wednesday we had a full school dodgeball competition which was a gold coin donation to enter.
"We had a free dress day on Thursday and a bake sale on Friday where the tuckshop ladies made their excellent chocolate slice.
"Girls Grammar has had a long-standing relationship with Zonta, it's right up our alley being an all-girls school."
Year 12 student Sophie McLeary organised Project X and said she was thrilled with how much support the week-long fundraiser received.
"Once I was nominated for the Zonta Women in Community Affairs awards I realised how much the group did in our community and I wanted to give back," she said.
"I had an idea and started a Facebook group of girls who I thought would be interested in raising money for Zonta called the Superwoman group and it went from there.
"We wanted to show that women could do anything in the fundraisers as well, so we had the fashion focus of the suitcase rummage, dodgeball was designed to empower women to be warriors, and the free dress was to let the girls be who they really are.
"It was great to see so many girls get involved."
Project X raised $810 for Zonta Ipswich.