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Starlight benefits from Paddle Pops
Ice Cream Day was conceived by an 11-year-old boy with a dream to make a difference. His dream was that "kids should help kids". A corporate sponsor - Streets Ice Cream - became involved, leading to the birth of 'Ice Cream Day', which involves schools selling donated ice creams to raise funds for the Starlight Children's Foundation.
Help celebrate Ice Cream Day on 16th October
In only its second year, Ice Cream Day is being held this year on Thursday 16th October. It has what should be an achievable target: to enlist the support of 50 schools, raising on average $500 from each, to achieve a financial goal of $25,000. By 2016, they hope to grow this figure to $250,000.
How does it work? Streets Ice Cream is sponsoring Ice Cream Day by making Paddle Pop ice creams available for up to 50 schools (that means they're donating an estimated 15,000 - 20,000 ice creams!) this year. It will deliver them to schools that sign up, (they must have suitable freezer facilities). The school will promote Ice Cream Day, produce posters (examples are provided by the organisers), and on the day, sell the ice creams for a gold coin (or more), with 100% of all proceeds going to the Starlight Foundation.
Streets will deliver boxes of Paddle Pops to your school. (Image Credit: Nathan Lee via Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Paddle_pop_box.jpg)
So if you are a student (primary or secondary), you can register here to be your school's Ice Cream Day 'champion'. The organisers of Ice Cream Day will then contact your school with the information you provide to see if it wants to participate in the big day.
If you are a principal or teacher, sign up your school to be involved.
Once a school has been enrolled, information will be sent on how to run the day. The school will need to confirm how many ice creams will be needed (one per student and some for staff).
Ruben and Oliver (whose idea of 'kids helping kids' led to the creation of Ice Cream Day).
The Starlight Children's Foundation will use the money raised on Ice Cream Day to continue to deliver and expand their Starlight rooms in hospitals across Australia and to provide other services that are aimed at helping children who are suffering serious illness.
With only 50 (school) spots available this year, get in quickly to make sure you don't miss out!