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Recycling has its rewards

St Columba's students collect empty drink containers to earn money for their parish.

STUDENTS at St Columba’s School, Wilston, have been learning about recycling and earning some dollars while doing it.

Through the Queensland Government’s “Containers for Change” scheme, the school earns 10 cents for each eligible container they collect and return to a refund point.

Recycling efforts are focused on drinks generally consumed away from home including soft drinks, water bottles and small flavoured milk containers.

Teacher Ricardo Bonasia said the students had really championed the fantastic recycling scheme.

“We have now collected more than 8000 containers for the parish with many more to come.

“Not only are we raising money for a great cause, we are learning about recycling and improving our Maths skills!

“A triple win.

Following on from the school’s annual Shave for a Cure fundraiser for the Leukaemia Foundation, students collected empty bottles and cans worth another $130 for the parish.

Ricardo, who organised the Shave for a Cure event, said it was 15th year the school had taken part and over that time they had raised in excess of $200,000.

“This year we had team of 32 students, one teacher (myself) and our Principal (John) O'Connor who parted with their hair.

“There were a number of students who went “zero hero”. 

“Our team were raising money to find a cure for blood cancers and help families during their stay for treatments.

“In 2019, we had our second highest total over.”

Ricardo said the school could not have done it without the support of the community, staff and students.


Brisbane Catholic Education Office

243 Gladstone Road, Dutton Park Q 4102

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