Students Raise $1,200 For Charity

February 28, 2012

Bermuda High School students recently raised $1237.61 for the Ocean Support Foundation through a school-wide grub day, with Year 7 student Freyja Kermode also raising $55 by selling origami birds she made to fellow students and staff members.

Students Freyja Kermode and Olivia Outerbridge:

The Ocean Support Foundation [OSF] was established in the spring of 2011 and received registered Bermuda Charitable Organization status in August 2011. Currently, it is working to reduce, manage and control the lionfish invasion in Bermuda to protect Bermuda’s aquatic environment and minimise impact to Bermuda’s marine ecosystems.

In addition to its lionfish management program, the Ocean Support Foundation seeks to support other initiatives directed at protecting the health and vitality of our marine ecosystem in order to improve the quality of the ocean and sustain for future generations.

Graham Maddocks from OSF with two students, one dressed in a Lionfish costume:

OSF visited BHS three times in February – Corey Eddy gave a talk to a group of IB1 biology students; Graham Maddocks and Jim Gleason gave a presentation to the primary school and Graham Maddocks and Ryan Craig presented at an assembly for the secondary department.

Founder of OSF, Graham Maddocks, remarked, “It is just wonderful to see our young people really grasp the danger that this species poses and for them to go above and beyond by collecting funds for us, particularly Freyja with her origami birds, is so inspiring.

“We, at OSF, wish to sincerely thank all the students and teachers at BHS for inviting us in to speak and for their contribution to our cause.”

Graham Maddocks from OSF with the class that raised the most money:

Jennifer Burland Adams, Director of Advancement at BHS, advised, “The staff and students at BHS are very philanthropic and being community-minded is built into our school culture. Through grub days and other philanthropic endeavours, the students have raised over $10,500 for non profits this school year.

“Having members of OSF come in to speak with the students was a great way for them to learn about something happening in the waters that we all enjoy, and raising money for the effort to manage the Lionfish population was the natural next step for our students.”

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  1. Weldon Wade says:

    This is awesome! Great work, great news! :)

  2. pepper says:

    Well done students..