Students’ colourful initiative to help combat COVID-19

“Look, we’re just going to level with you: it’s not great being stuck in quarantine. Thankfully, that’s where we come in. Let the Moriah hair dyeing challenge begin! Moriah Goes Colourful is our community’s way of combining a relevant charity initiative where we can all give back, with a fun activity that we can all do at home…

These are the words of some of our incredible Year 12 students at Moriah College in Sydney, NSW, who have started a social media campaign to help combat the COVID-19 crisis.

Through the Moriah Goes Colourful initiative, the students are encouraging their entire school community to donate money to the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital’s (RBWH) Coronavirus Action Fund and, if they’re willing, to also dye their hair a fun colour to help raise awareness.

“Money raised for the RBWH Coronavirus Action Fund goes directly towards supporting medical research, clinical drug trials and hospital staff all across Australia,” says Year 12 student, Liat Grossman. “They raise money not just for one resource, but for various different ones, including grants for medicine, and much needed support for medical professionals who have been working throughout this tough time. That’s why we wanted to get behind them and do whatever we can to help.”

RBWH Foundation CEO Simone Garske said she was overwhelmed when she learnt the challenge had already raised more than $1500.

“These incredible high school students are a wonderful example of how the community is really pulling together to help the race against Coronavirus,” said Ms Garske.

“The Coronavirus Action Fund supports projects nationally, and every donation makes a huge difference to the development of medical research projects, preventative programs, and support for frontline RBWH hospital staff.”

In previous years, Moriah students have participated in hair drives, growing their hair for the purpose of having it cut and donated to a charity that makes wigs for children with cancer. This year, with social distancing measures meaning that more than 80 percent of school children worldwide have had their education impacted and are having to learn online due to the current pandemic, Moriah’s students will be participating in the Moriah Goes Colourful challenge, at least until schools re-open.

Keep up to date with all the new developments of the Moriah Goes Colourful challenge and show your support by following #moriahgoescolourful on Instagram and the Moriah College Facebook page.

To donate, visit: https://coronavirusactionfund.everydayhero.com/au/moriah-hair-dying

@moriahgoescolourful #moriahgoescolourful

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