At Bayside, it is our vision to nurture and prepare young people for a life of responsive discipleship. Sometimes we wonder what it means to be a responsive disciple? A wonderful recent example, is from Year 9 student Jasmine Gleed. Jasmine saw a need, and felt an urgency to respond in a practical way to serve her community. This is the kind of response that brings glory to God. I asked her to share how she responded to the recent bushfire crisis.
Hi, My name is Jasmine and I have recently completed a fundraiser in response to the bushfires this summer. During the really bad
bushfire period in Australia, many people were losing their homes, farms, animals, communities and some people even lost loved ones. As I was watching the news, I felt hopeless, and I desperately wanted to help those affected by the fires, but I did not know what I could do, other than just giving a little bit of money. I wanted to make a difference that meant something to myself.
After a few days, the idea of chopping my hair off to raise money came about, and after a few discussions, I decided to set up a fundraiser and started to spread the news. Before I knew it, donations were coming in fast. My original goal was $1,500, and that was achieved in a few days, so then I decided to put it up to $2,500, and a few days later I reached that goal too. The final amount raised was over double my original goal, a total of $3,355. This money was distributed three ways: to our local Baxter Fire Brigade who sent 16 firefighters to Gippsland, the WWF wildlife relief fund to help the animals affected, and finally, the Mallacoota bushfire relief, to help rebuild the community loved by many, many people. Thank you to everyone who donated and spread the news to help me achieve this result!
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