Lavington’s Holy Spirit primary school’s grade 6 fundraising team last year raised $2447.60 and will today present the funds to UPA Murray for its Amaroo Dementia Day Care program.

Holy Spirit Stage 3 teacher, Kerrie White said each year grade 6 students choose roles in different teams, one of which is the fundraising team. 

“For the whole year they sell things like icy poles, run raffles, have special days such as crazy hair day and footy colors day. The students also decide which organisation they will raise the funds for and last year’s group chose UPA’s Dementia Day Care program,” Ms White said.

 UPA Murray’s project manager, Matt Burke said he was pleasantly surprised to be contacted by the school about the fundraising and even more surprised to learn at the end of last year that the amount was more than $2400.

 “This is a significant contribution and I am looking forward to going along to the school to thank everyone at the school who supported last year’s fundraising team. On behalf of UPA and the people in the broader community who benefit from the Amaroo Dementia Day Care program – people with dementia and their carers – we say a huge thank you to the students,” Mr Burke said.

 “It’s a significant contribution and a big effort for a school with 350 students,” he said.

 The funds will be used to support the costs of transport for the Day Care program which allows the group to go on outings.

 UPA Murray is a not-for-profit provider of aged care services, operating five retirement villages, six residential aged care facilities and delivering aged care service packages in Henty, Culcairn, Walla Walla, Holbrook and Wagga Wagga.

UPA Murray's Matt Burke receives the funds from the Holy Spirit primary school students.