DISAPPOINTED: Year 11 Tullawong High School student Jourdan Marden with mum Samantha and a giant teddy bear raffle prize, bought as part of the drive to raise money for orphans in Cambodia.
DISAPPOINTED: Year 11 Tullawong High School student Jourdan Marden with mum Samantha and a giant teddy bear raffle prize, bought as part of the drive to raise money for orphans in Cambodia. Dominic Geiger

Student banned from fundraising at school

THE mother of a Year 11 Tullawong High School student says she is "disappointed in the system" after her daughter was told she was not allowed to fundraise for a Cambodian orphanage on school grounds.

Caboolture woman Samantha Marden said she was surprised when daughter Jourdan came home one day after attempting to organise a raffle in support of the orphanage, only to be told it wasn't permitted due to "principal's rules".

"They're teaching the kids they shouldn't try to help anyone but themselves," she said.

"They won't do anything unless it's for the school itself."

Having already bought raffle prizes, including amusement park VIP passes and a giant teddy bear herself, Jourdan has pushed on with the fundraiser via social media and friends outside school hours.

She said friends and even teachers had said they were disappointed she hadn't been allowed to conduct the raffle at school.

"I'm frustrated in the fact they're not supporting someone helping other people," Jourdan said.

The family will travel to the orphanage late next month for the first time, where they will present carers with funds raised from the raffle.

So far, Jourdan has collected about $300.

Ms Marden said last week that the school's principal had refused to return her calls regarding the matter.

However, a spokesman for the Department of Education and Training said a meeting had been organised between the principal and the family.

"Tullawong State High School supports many charitable organisations and is actively involved in the school's wider community," the spokesman said.

"Decisions about fundraising for external organisations in state schools are made at the school level on a case-by-case basis.

"A number of factors are taken into account."


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