A student-led fundraiser undertaken during lockdown has delivered much needed relief to Indonesia locals.
Initiated by ACG School Jakarta prefects, the month-long campaign raised 17,000,000 IDR for a community still reeling from Covid-19. With donations split between the Harvard Club of Indonesia and the Indonesia Indah Foundation, students’ efforts helped fund hazmat suits and supplies for medical centres, as well as food and resources for families in need.
“We decided we wanted to give back to the community during lockdown,” says Year 12 prefect Lina Hutchinson. “We recognised how lucky we are to be home and safe during such uncertain times and became aware of those who were not. We wanted to support them as best we could and the work of these two organisations really resonated with us.”
Four prefects (pictured above) and another 12 Student Council members were involved in the initiative, each undertaking a variety of tasks, not to mention some out-of-the-box thinking.
“We’re at home doing virtual learning so we didn’t have the opportunity to run an actual fundraising event like we normally would. It was quite hard to communicate with students and families as we weren’t able to talk to people face-to-face.”
Instead, the group used Instagram, emails, and texts to reach their fundraising goals.
“I think it was really successful. It was a great opportunity for us to give back to the community and play our part in helping people as much as possible. It’s extremely rewarding knowing you are making an impact, even just a small one.”
ACG School Jakarta has a strong culture of generosity, with staff, students and families placing much value on kindness and compassion.
“It’s important to help the community as it establishes a culture of giving and caring within ourselves. Especially at a time like this, we believe it is important that ACG students do their part and connect with the wider community.
“This fundraiser has taught us a lot about the different ways we can help our local community, and the Student Council is now aiming to become more prominent in Jakarta’s International School community. Moving forward we are looking forward to running larger public events, such as concerts, in the hopes of raising even more funds for local organisations.”