Students upcycle for Geelong Sustainability

Vivienne BurkeNews

Donna Camilleri, Mackenzie Warden and Vivienne Burke

We’d like to introduce you to two young local heroes: Donna Camilleri and Mackenzie Warden, who are senior VCAL students at Matthew Flinders Girls Secondary College. With leadership from Donna and Mackenzie, their VCAL class chose Geelong Sustainability as its charity of choice to benefit from the proceeds of the Matthew Flinders’ annual Pop-Up Market. In advocating for Geelong Sustainability, Donna and Mackenzie told fellow students “We love their values and find the work they do extremely important for the future of the Geelong community.

The class worked in small teams of 2 or 3 students creating fun products to sell at the Pop-Up Market. The girls were required to upcycle their creations from donated goods or items found at op-shops. A variety of items were upcycled including: fabrics, cups, glasses, wool, jewellery, jars, CDs, DVDs and many other household objects.

Finding new uses for old objects is a major strategy in managing waste. Remember the Rs

Rethink – Refuse – Reduce – Re-use – Repair – Re-gift – Recycle – Rot

Matthew Flinders 2018 VCAL class

Their upcycled designs were so impressive the class raised an amazing $670 for Geelong Sustainability. So our wholehearted thanks go to Mackenzie, Donna, their class mates and teacher, Kylie McMillan. We promise to put your donation to very good use!