Mitcham Makes a Difference

At the start of 2010, Year 10 Care Group teachers and the Year Level Manager brainstormed some ideas which could be incorporated in the Year 10 Care Group Program.  The team wanted to do something that involves local and global communities.  From that initial discussion MMAD Day was born.  MMAD stands for Mitcham Makes a Difference, and it is a chance for Year 10 students and their teachers to be involved in local and global organisations which help in the community.

During the course of Terms 1 and 2, Care Groups decide which organisations they want to support and devise ways in which they can raise awareness and funds for those organisations.

Each Care Group liaises with charities and works in teams to develop stalls and displays which not only promote their charity and the work they do, but also raises money for the designated causes.

Stalls include goods, charity merchandise, games, activities, face painting, displays, food, drinks, animals and competitions.  Students also rattle tins in the school and the community to raise funds through the collection of donations.

The monies raised by Care Groups are distributed amongst a number of charities and organisations, including:

  • Breast Cancer Foundation
  • Smith Family
  • Epilepsy Foundation
  • Riding for the Disabled
  • World Vision
  • Building Blocks
  • Hutt Street Homeless Shelter
  • aeiou Foundation
  • Minton Farm
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Fred Hollows Foundation
  • Mission Australia
  • Leukaemia Foundation
  • Red Cross
  • Royal Society for the Blind

We would like to thank all Year 10 students for their enthusiastic participation.  It is also great to see all other students so keen to be involved in the activities we have and donating their money to worthy causes.  This day would not be as successful if Care Group teachers weren't so hard working and dedicated to the day.