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by Michelle MacFarlane (subscribe)
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Have great fun for a good cause
If you're looking for a free, fun event that supports a good cause and just might break a world record, then I recommend heading along to the 'World's Largest Display of Chalk Pavement Art' at South Bank on Sunday 30 September.

Being held on the massive forecourts near the Gallery of Modern Art and the State Library of Queensland, this is an attempt to set a world record for the biggest ever pavement chalk drawing.

Everybody's invited to come and draw, and your little work of art could help get the final outcome into the Guinness Book of Records.

Just as importantly, though, the event has been organised to promote the work of Schoolbag, an organisation that raises funds to buy school supplies for children in developing countries.

Lack of school supplies is a major obstacle to many poor children getting an education -- a pencil and notepad can make the difference between learning to read and write and being excluded from school.

With this in mind, Griffith University student Chris Eigeland worked with young American Erin Schrode to establish Schoolbag, a global organisation dedicated to providing school supplies to the kids who need them most. Schoolbag has already delivered school supplies to hundreds of children in Haiti, and is now working on supplies for needy kids in East Timor.

chris eigeland
Schoolbag co-founder Chris Eigeland
Bags of school supplies will be on sale at the chalk-art event for $10. The idea is that you 'buy' one and your donation is then used to cover the cost of its contents and delivering it to a child in East Timor. Each bag of supplies is enough to last a child for an entire year of schooling.

If you're a parent, I can't think of a better way to teach your own child the real value of education and generosity -- while also having a great time, of course. There'll be heaps of fun activities to accompany the chalk art, including musical peformances and pantomime statues.

If you do want to join in, just head along and register on the day. Volunteers will help you get organised, and you can work alongside a selection of local artists and university students to create something beautiful.

As the organisers say, it's a chance to become part of something big to help those with so little.
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Why? To have great fun for a good cause
When: Sunday 30 September, 9am-4pm
Where: Near GOMA and the State Library, South Bank
Cost: Free ($10 to 'buy' a bag of school supplies)
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