Illalong News

  • 13th June, 2017

Lawson House Charity Fundraiser

On Friday evening, 12 May, Lawson House hosted its first ever Glow-In-The-Dark Party for Years 7-12 students. The event was held to help raise money for the Lawson House charity – The Salvation Army’s Red Shield Appeal. The money raised by this appeal goes to support the homeless on the Gold Coast – those who are struggling to make ends meet and victims of domestic abuse.

The Glow-In-The-Dark Party was much anticipated and was a huge success, with over 140 students coming along to support the Lawson House charity. Staff included Mr Chetter, Mr Mackenroth, Mr Andrews, Ms Baker and Mrs Ward, ably assisted by a number of students including Sean O’Riordan, Sybren Terpstra, Theresa Wang, Joe Moxey and Joshua Lazarus who began preparing Lower Maths for the event at 3.20pm. The windows in the entire area had to be blacked out and lights and speakers set up. A ‘chill out’ zone was created in one room, with beanbags and fairy lights, and the BBQ was prepared.

As students arrived, they were treated to a sausage sizzle served by Robert and Dianne Davies, our contacts at the Salvation Army, who were assisted by Mr Andrews and Mr Mills. The partygoers were also able to use the neon accessory stations, which provided them with face paint and glow sticks. A big thank you to A.B. Paterson College parent, Mrs Hohendorf, for helping the Year 11 students to paint the faces of so many students. Later in the evening, after all the dancing, there was also the opportunity for students to enter a raffle draw with four baskets of goodies to be won.

As the evening progressed, students showed off their talents on the dance floor and sang along to their favourite songs. Everyone had a great time and it was wonderful to see the older and younger students mixing and enjoying the evening together.

We would like to say a huge thank you to former student, Ben Palmer, who provided the music and neon lights, Theatre Manager, Mr Marshall McAdam for his assistance, all the staff who came to help on the night and to all the students who helped to make the event such a success. 

We look forward to seeing you all again next year!

Aaron Dirkx and Tess O’Dwyer - Lawson House Captains

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