Tasmanian primary and secondary school students will be wearing a hat or hair accessory to school tomorrow, Wednesday August 5 to raise money and awareness about youth homelessness as part of the 2015 Colony 47 Winter Appeal.

Many of the participating schools from around the state will be affected by tomorrows forecast for snow but have vowed to postpone this important event that supports people in need in our community.

Colony 47’s Hats for Homelessness Day is a school based fundraising initiative, designed to encourage children to think about homelessness in Tasmania, while raising money to help fund much needed programs.

CEO of Colony 47, Therese Taylor said that the invitation has gone out to all schools and students across Tasmania to wear a hat or hair accessory to school on August 5, to show support and provide a gold coin donation to the Colony 47 Winter Appeal.

“It is a simple idea and a fun way for school communities to get involved and we have had wonderful interest from all over the state with many more schools wanting to be involved this year,” said Ms Taylor.

Waimea Heights Primary school Principal, Sally Gill was proud to be the first school in the state to become involved with Colony 47’s Hats for Homelessness initiative and credits the vision of the Student Representative Council who voted overwhelmingly in support of the initiative.

“One of our key values as a school is Social Responsibility so this initiative fits very well within that, we very much support the work of Colony 47 in the Tasmanian community.” said Mrs Gill.

The official Hats for Homelessness Day is Wednesday 5 August 2014 however with much of the state being shut down due to heavy snowfall many schools are rescheduling participation for the coming weeks.
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