Warming up winter for those in need

By Ariana Aminian and Diya Shah
Rotary Interact Group, WGHS

This year, WGHS is conducting its annual Auckland City Mission Winter Appeal, following our first blanket drive in our inauguration year of Rotary Interact at Westlake Girls in 2021. Our club is a student lead action group that follows the values of Rotary international, with a centre focus on “service above self”.

For this project, we are once again teaming up with Auckland City Mission, which is an incredible organisation doing all it can to help and support Aucklanders in need – however, they need our help. While last year our group was solely focused on blanket donations, this year we are opening this initiative up to winter clothes – this includes any winter jackets, gloves, beanies and/or other warm clothing that students have at home (in addition to any spare blankets), to support the homeless in preparation for the cold winter months to come.

Students will be informed about this project through mediums such as Form Class/Assembly visits and the Daily Notices, and are encouraged to donate any warm winter gear in good condition to this cause.

Our students will have the opportunity to drop their blankets and winter clothes off at A34 over Week 8-10 (until the end of Term 2), while Rotary members will be stationed there during Form Times to aid with collection.

Friends, family, and members of the public are also encouraged to get involved as they did last year, and drop off their spare warm winter clothing or blankets at the school office, where their donations will be collected with those from the rest of the students and dropped off to Auckland City Mission.