High schools jump on ‘Bandwagon’ for charity

The Tamworth High School Auditorium was transformed on Wednesday night with a flurry of streamers and bunches of bright balloons in a bid to transform the lives of women and children in need.

The prefects of Tamworth High School, Oxley, Peel, McCarthy and Farrer jumped onto “Bandwagon”, an evening of food and music organised by the high school students. 

It’s an annual tradition that was halted last year, while the auditorium was undergoing renovations, but the prefects have got back into the swing of things to donate the profits to the Tamworth Women’s and Children’s Refuge.

“We looked for charities that don’t hold their own fundraisers, and so they are only donation-based, and we chose the women’s refuge,” Tamworth High prefect Ryan McCann said. 

“They house women and children that have come from abused families.”

A RAGING SUCCESS: From left, Dana Bayliss, Karla Jeffrey, Kylie Farrell,  Amber Minett and Ryan McCann. Photo: Gareth Gardner 110614GGD01

A RAGING SUCCESS: From left, Dana Bayliss, Karla Jeffrey, Kylie Farrell, Amber Minett and Ryan McCann. Photo: Gareth Gardner 110614GGD01

The party raged from 5.30pm to 10pm, and though the money has yet to be counted, the students were hopeful they would be able to donate a large amount to the charity. 

“With a donation from Calrossy, we’ve got about $800 profit at the moment, but we’re expecting more,” Ryan said.

For Tamworth High prefects Karla Jeffreys and Emily Simpson, “Bandwagon” was a great opportunity to showcase some local musical talent. 

“These bands were very excited, very willing to come and give up their time,” Emily said. 

Four local bands – Brompton Boulevard, Pious, Junk of the Void and No Exit – rocked out at the charity fundraiser. 

“It was a fun thing to organise,” Karla said. 

“There were ups and downs but in the end it worked out really well, and we were focused on raising money for the women’s refuge,” she said. 

“I think we’re happy with how it turned out.”

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