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A slam dunk effort

Holmesglen VCAL students have stepped on to the hardwood, showing their initiative and selfless qualities during a successful fundraising event held this June.

Pupils from the Group Projects class – run at our Chadstone campus – displayed ambition and team-work; drawing on their inner Steph Curry, when coming together to raise money for Melbourne based charity, Helping Hoops.

With a $2000 target goal initially set, the students, under the guidance of teacher Deborah Balen and coordinator Kelli Fernando-Bird, exceeded their goal by raising a significant $2700.

"It was an absolutely cracking afternoon spent shooting hoops with my Group Project students. Our goal was to raise $2000; we ended up raising $2700. We were very pleased with the end result," Balen said.

Held at Batesford Reserve's Waverley Basketball Stadium, the Holmesglen students participated in a shoot-out styled activity, where they attempted to make as many baskets as possible in a two-and-a-half hour timeframe.

"Waverley Basketball Stadium kindly donated the court hire. The event had a great atmosphere thanks to the vocal support from other VCAL/CTE/Teachers who came along for support," Balen said.

Helping Hoops is a local and independent charity, which runs free basketball programs for disadvantaged and disabled children. Principally, the charity is an inclusive endeavour that aims to highlight the virtues of social cohesion, leadership and living a healthy lifestyle. Volunteers and coaches were in attendance to also help coordinate the collective effort.

Holmesglen's VCAL program is designed to help young people that require support with their learning and development. The recent event was indicative of the course's applied learning component, which contributes to the personal and professional development of students.

Well done to all involved.

All information is correct at the time of printing but subject to change.

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