Wesley College student Tim Bliss is knee deep in economics, biology, maths and chemistry books. But that hasn’t stopped the 18-year-old and a group of friends from establishing a fundraising triathlon event, Tri-for-Change, to raise money for Share and their vital agency work.
“My grandfather, George Gilbertson, was a big supporter of Share,” Tim said. “After he passed away last year I wanted to carry on the family tradition of giving something back to the local community.”
The fundraiser combines teamwork with community spirit and involves a 20 minute swim in Wesley College’s pool, 20 minutes cycling in the gym and a 20 minute run around the school grounds.
Last year Tri-for-Change participants generated a healthy $1,232.40. In April this year, Tim raised everyone’s game and, together with more than 20 fellow students, raised $3848.65. The funds will contribute to Share’s work in providing emergency relief for families in crisis, educational support for disadvantaged children and help for the homeless.
“We had a couple of really good fundraisers in the event this year,” Tim said. “We promoted the event in the daily bulletin, spoke about it in assembly and advertised on notice boards.
“About 30 minutes before the triathlon there was a real buzz of anticipation. We had 12 individuals and a couple of teams. It was a school-wide event with different year levels and a mixture of male and female. We also held a barbecue to raise a bit more money.
“I was really happy with the day and that people got behind the event. It was really worthwhile. I’m really pleased to continue my grandfather’s support for Share.”