Kids aid Bears of Hope charity

THE dreams of more than 120 Rooty Hill High School students will take a charitable bent with basketball event Hoops4Hope.

Organised by the year 9 student leadership team, the event on December 5 asks participants to donate $3 to raise funds for pregnancy and infantloss- support program Bears of Hope.

Ambassador Amanda Bowles said she was thrilled students chose to give their event proceeds

to the organisation, which supports families who have lost their baby through resource packages donated to hospitals and support services.

‘‘That they [students] could get an understanding of and want to support something like this is

fantastic, because it’s not like donating to The Children’s Hospital [Westmead] where you can take things in and bring a smile to someone’s face and see it working in action,’’ she said.

‘‘This is something where they are unlikely to meet the people that they significantly help.’’

Teacher Sarah Andrews said the students had done an excellent job planning the event.

‘‘There are almost 100 games that will be played on the day,’’ she said.

Year 9 student leaders Rachelle Rativo, 15, and Alisha Charlton, 14, will help referee the matches.

‘‘I think the good thing about it is that so many people are basketball players in this school and as soon as they heard it was a three-on-three competition they signed up straight away,’’ Rachelle said.

‘‘We’re doing it for Bears of Hope, so that’s another good thing.’’

Bears of Hope has donated more than 10,000 bears since it registered as a charity in May 2006, and estimates about 30,000 Australian families have used its services.

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