Balga High School
Balga Senior High School (BSHS) is located 20 kilometres from Perth and has 620 students from over 39 nationalities. The school specialises in intensive teaching for literacy and numeracy for the culturally diverse student population.
The Sports Foundation was set up at BSHS to assist the participation of disadvantaged students at school, club and representative levels. A major barrier to participation for the students at Balga was the cost associated with playing sports. The funds raised were used to cover travel costs to and from events, the cost of registration and also to provide students with team uniforms and sports shoes. The target was $15k which has since been exceeded with the project raising close to $22k.
The fundraising campaign was run completely by the school staff in informal groups. They connected with the community and industry and then students gave back through performance. The school also created a video in which they had the principal, netball coach and sports coordinator speak about the need for the Sports Foundation project. In the video, the audience are introduced to a number of student athletes who benefit from the fundraising project through new gear.