Budding Entrepreneurs make cash for charity

Coasters and bookmarks were supplemented with Rocky Road at Imogene and Olivia's stall

Coasters and bookmarks were supplemented with Rocky Road at Imogene and Olivia’s stall

by Michelle Gilmore

As a onlooker, I was really impressed seeing boys spend hours crafting hair accessories and jewellery.

Girls were busy too – Classes 4/5 and 6/7 also made wooden coasters, flower loom creations, funky photoboards, creative cards and more for the second RBSS Market Day last month!

The $50 Challenge is a nationwide competition designed to inspire 8 to 12 year old students to create their own micro-enterprises to donate 100% of the profits. The charity of choice for each team included “Sailorbility”, RSPCA, RBSLSC and many more.

Many team mates spent hours out of school together, to work on their products. Business names and signage were sweated over, and were just as entertaining as the shenanigans – “Nice Treats” and “Sweet Things at Sweet Prices” put smiles on our faces.

Business focused, we heard of a refund policy developed on the spot, charging more for repair! One enterprising group sold their $50 challenge card pack to another team, and purchased balloons to make (very profitable) sand filled stress balls.

Tim and Bailey raked in the most funds with their "Kool Keyrings" and jewellery

Tim and Bailey raked in the most funds with their “Kool Keyrings” and jewellery

Children outdid themselves finding ways to increase their profits – mostly of a culinary nature. Frog in a pond, home-made lemonade, cookies, cakes were everywhere. Books, bamboo flutes, dog biscuits, devonshire teas and even fresh coffee were on offer. The old fashioned spiders (icecream and soft drink) were a clever, sell out favourite!

As promised, I was unable to resist making not one, but many purchases. Every time I use my new paddle-pop coasters, I will remember the effort that went in to each stall. Well done kids, staff and parents, and thanks to the community members who popped in!