A QUIZ night fundraiser at Swan Christian College has raised more than $7000 towards building a new toilet block for the Light Up Ahead School in Kantolomba, Zambia.
More than 300 people attended the quiz night to support the college’s missions program.
The quiz night ended in a draw between two tables so the people from those tables had to compete in another five extra questions to decide the winner.
Swan Christian College Missions director Raymond Hockley thanked sponsors – more than 45 businesses donated items and vouchers (such as a Weber barbecue, massage vouchers and personalised artworks) for a silent auction which raised more than $3500.
Mr Hockley said the college built the Light Up Ahead School in Kantolomba following a 2008 Impact Trip to Zambia.
Since then, the school had grown and urgently needed a new toilet block to cope with the increased number of students attending the school.
“In 2008, we researched the community of Kantolomba and realised that there were not enough schools for the great volume of local children, no police station, no free clean water, and no health clinic,’’ he said.
“Knowing that education has the power to change lives motivated us to build a school for the people of Kantolomba.’’
According to the World Health Organisation, hygienic sanitation facilities are crucial for public health.
But 2.3 billion people worldwide do not have access to the luxury of basic sanitation facilities, a fact often forgotten by those who have easy access to safe and clean toilets each day.
Swanmissions gives Swan Christian College students the opportunity to gain a comprehensive understanding of humanitarian needs worldwide.
Student trips to Thailand, Cambodia and Zambia have given hundreds of college students first-hand experience of international humanitarian needs.
Students are also actively involved in the planning and implementation of activities to help those struggling closer to home such as the Super Soupers program, a monthly cook-up for the homeless.
For more information visit www.swan.wa.edu.au/swan-missions