THERE will be a sea of red shirts at Bathurst and Kelso High and another 48 schools across the Central West on Friday, as students do their bit to raise funds for Ronald McDonald House Orange.
It will be one of the biggest mufti days on record, as thousands of students team up to wear red, and make a gold coin donation to the charity which helps hundreds of families every year.
In partnership with Ronald McDonald House Orange, around 50 schools across the region have registered to participate in the inaugural fundraising mufti day, with all funds raised being put towards keeping the doors of Ronald McDonald House Orange open.
Licensee of McDonald’s Bathurst and Orange, Todd Bryant, said Ken Barwick, principal of Bathurst High School, Denison College was an instrumental driver of the fundraising initiative.
Mr Barwick said the idea was born through an initiative of the school’s SRC, which raised almost $8,000 for Shave for a Cure.
“They way the kids got behind that event was quite amazing,” he said.
Harnessing the school’s incredible spirit, Mr Barwick devised the idea of wearing red for Ronald McDonald House and then took the fundraiser to the next level, inviting other schools to participate, with over 50 schools across the region signing up to support the day.