Copperfield College students raise money for homeless organisation

Brandon (pictured front) and friends are collecting non perishable items for charity. Picture Shawn Smits.

Brandon says he and three classmates didn’t set out to run a car wash.

“We just knew we wanted to do something to help the homeless and this seemed like a good way of raising some money,” he said.

The four Copperfield College Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) students and their automotive teacher set themselves up in the teacher’s carpark and washed enough cars to raise $480.

The Delahey students are also behind a tinned food drive across the school’s three campuses.

They hope to gather as many as 2400 cans to donate to Hope Street Youth and Family Services, which provides crisis accommodation for young people.

The students’ efforts are all part of a VCAL program in which mentors from the University of Melbourne conduct workshops on nutrition, mental health, sexual health, drugs and alcohol before the students are tasked with creating and developing their own project that will drive social changes in their local community.