WODONGA students have shown a can-do attitude to charity.
Wodonga Primary School collected a little more than 900 cans of food in just two weeks for emergency relief services on the Border.
They aimed to collect 600 cans but shifted their target twice after reaching it.
Wodonga woman Ainsley Stone, who started the One Can Can concept on the Border 12 months ago, said the school had embraced the program.
“The One Can drive encouraged the kids to bring in cans for the needy,” she said.
“The kids really got on board with it.”
Ms Stone said she had addressed students at the school about the simplicity of One Can Can to make a difference to needy people in the community.
“The kids were saving their pocket money for one can and others were encouraging their parents to add a can to their shopping trolley,” Ms Stone said.
“It’s a very community-oriented school and it was great to see the kids get on board.”
The 115-member Can Do team donated 5033 items in the 12 months to October 17 to UnitingCare Wodonga.
Ms Stone said Border businesses were being encouraged to create a can stack in their tearooms leading up to Christmas.
She said some had already donated their items to emergency relief providers.
“Johnsons MME donated 100 cans, 100 rolls of toilet paper and other items,” she said.
Ms Stone said they had hoped to generate 6000 cans by Christmas.
“We’re now looking at 7500 by Christmas; we were hoping for 6000 by Christmas but we’ve exceeded that,” she said.
Ms Stone said the One Can Can team hoped to double its membership within 12 months.
“We’d like to grow the group to 200 and get local businesses involved throughout the year,” she said.
Drop-off points for One Can Can are St Stephen’s Care Centre, 1 Nilmar Avenue, Wodonga, Monday-Friday; Wodonga Primary School; Quench N Feed Cafe, 510 Smollett Street, Albury, Monday-Friday, 6am to 3pm and Saturday, 6am-1pm; Pound 4 Pound Personal Training, 11/155 Melbourne Road, Wodonga; and Smart's Bakery, 391 Wagga Road, Lavington.
For updates or to join visit www.facebook.com/onecancan or phone Ainsley on 0409 038 988.