Local Students Give Back to Greyhound Adoption Program

A team of Community College Gippsland students was delighted to be able to bring joy to their favourite animal with a donation of treats and toys this week.

Following a fundraiser, the participants of the Event Management program for special needs students presented the Greyhound Adoption Program (GAP) with a heart-felt contribution to support their work this week.

According to Sue Geals, CEO of Community College Gippsland, the students were thrilled to be contributing to such an important program.

“With all of our work here at Community College Gippsland, we look for ways to give back to our community with the practical projects we use in our teaching,” Ms Geals said. “This fundraising activity was no different.

“The students in this pre-accredited program come to us from a range of disability support services. In class, we have been focusing on building skills needed for life and employment, like communication, planning, numeracy, money handling, food handling and logistics.

“The fundraising activity gave our students the opportunity to develop and practice their skills with a real-world project that made a real impact. By choosing a not-for-profit program that meant a lot to the students, it was easy to get them fully invested in learning!”

GAP was chosen by the students after they had the opportunity to meet some of the greyhounds at the annual Great Chase event held by the Warragul Greyhound Club. This special event helps to raise funds for a diverse range of community groups and initiatives.

The students who attended the Great Chase were so taken with the lovely temperament of the dogs that the GAP program quickly won out when the students brainstormed local organisations who would benefit from their fundraising efforts.

The students decided that their project could support the work of GAP by providing treats and toys to be used when training and rehoming the animals in the adoption program.

To raise funds, the students organised a pie drive, learning about event management with each step in the process. With over $230 raised the pie drive was a great success!

The Greyhound Adoption Program is a non-profit organisation dedicated to the welfare of Greyhounds. Their primary purpose is to educate the public on the benefits and care of Greyhounds as companion animals, and to find permanent loving homes for them. Adrian Scott, Manager of the Warragul Greyhound Club said the community response was fantastic and it was incredibly encouraging to see others fall in love with Greyhounds.

All pies were supplied by ‘Out of Dough in Morwell and the treats were supplied at a fantastic price by Hardware Hub in Pakenham.