Lindisfarne Anglican Grammar School Year 7 student Sam Smith has organised a Kids In Need Schools Day fundraiser, also known as KIN Day.
Sam’s efforts have seen former-Wallaby, best-selling author and nationally recognised media personality, Peter FitzSimons agree to visit Twin Towns for the fundraiser.
We think it is fantastic to see a Year 7 student displaying so much initiative to help others and so we wanted to ask Sam more about it.
So what is the KIN Day all about?
I wanted to support a charity that helped local kids, all kids, regardless of what their special needs or illness may have been, it also needed to be someone that passed on every dollar they raised, that is why I chose Kids in Need and created the KIN Schools Day.
How much have you raised so far?
Following our successful launch and a variety of different fundraising activities in 2016, I managed to raise over $8000.
How did you get Peter FitzSimons involved?
I was trying to get some media coverage for KIN Schools Day when I emailed Mr FitzSimons, not only did he respond, he offered to come up to the Gold Coast and be a speaker at a luncheon in support of KIN Schools Day. I was blown away by his generosity. I send hundreds of emails and rarely do people respond. The fact that Mr FitzSimons responded on a Sunday afternoon, within a few hours of my email, is a testament to the person he is.
What’s your next step for KIN Day?
Now I need the help of the community to support the event so we can raise much needed funds for Kids in Need.
The luncheon will be held at Twin Towns in the River Room on Wednesday November 29 and tickets are available online. There will also be a charity Auction and Major Raffles on the Day.