It was all about Doris Day at Tauranga Girls’ College this week.
But not the 1950s singer – this Doris Day was to raise money for the school’s World Vision sponsor child, Doris Mulinga.
Students gather to take photos for their long-term sponsor child, Doris Mulinga.
Each year the student council fundraises to cover the $480 sent to the 17-year-old in Malawi through the sponsorship programme.
This year is their final year of sponsoring Doris and students went all-out.
Principal Pauline Cowens says Doris Day is a sentimental and sweet event each year, but Thursday’s occasion was even more memorable.
“She’s at the age now where we pass her onto the big wide world. It’s like our farewell to her.”
The students are selling heart-shaped badges to raise funds and gathered to take photos to send to Doris.
Pauline says the school firmly believes in in contributing beyond themselves.
“This was seen as our on-going commitment, each year Doris could be handed on to the next council.”
For Pauline, the special day reminded her of the classic singer Doris Day and she finds it funny that the students are completely oblivious to the connection.
“This is definitely a generation gap thing.”