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Thursday, June 17, 2010. Gr8 2 Give

THE Southern Highlands Foundation is asking students from two Bowral high schools to demonstrate their best new fundraising ideas for a $2000 prize on Thursday night. The presentation is a chance for Bowral High and Oxley College to show off innovative and creative fundraising concepts developed for local charities as part of Gr8 2 Give, an initiative of the Foundation. Gr8 2 Give was conceived to promote philanthropy to local young people and show them that working with charities can be rewarding and fun. Bowral High has teamed up with the Bowral Youth Refuge, while Oxley College is working with Rainbow of the Southern Highlands. Each team has a chance to win $1000 for their school and $1000 for their charity. Southern Highlands Foundation youth philanthropy officer Meghan Barrell said the project is a pilot that could be adopted nationally. “This is the first time Gr8 2 Give has been run with school students,” she said. “It was done successfully by the University of NSW business school last year.” “The University program was established by Peter Kazacos through a Kazacos Foundation Grant,” Ms Barrell said. “We are lucky to also have Mr Kazacos’ support for Gr8 2 Give.” Mr Kazacos, owner of the KAZCARE Educational Facility in Bowral, will join four other judges to decide the winner. Foundation CEO Dian Ball hopes the students will put their ideas into action after the event. “The idea is to develop innovative fundraising ideas that the charity can use successfully,” Ms Ball said. “And the community will see that locally we can all work together to be innovative and creative.” Members of the public are invited to attend the judging and award presentation at the Mittagong Playhouse from 5pm on Thursday. Media contact: Travis Holland, tah727@gmail or 0404 237 217.