Fund Raising Committee
The York Fund Raising Committee (YFRC), consisting of a group of dedicated and committed parents, has co-ordinated and executed many fund-raising events in 2017.
The year started off with the YFRC running a tuckshop at the Athletics day, soon after school started in January. At this event we sold food, cold drinks and other treats.
Our next event was the much-anticipated International Evening, expertly convened once again by Arlene Smit. At this event, the school quad is transformed into a global village, with beautifully decorated food stalls selling fare from foreign places. The delicious smells drew in not only parents from York, but also members of the wider George community, and offered opportunities to meet and mingle.
Next on the calendar was a Hunga Busta day where we sold more than 200 Hamburgers during break. Judging by the pushing and shoving that took place, this day was a hit amongst the hungry York teenagers!
Although the main function of the YFRC is to raise funds, we also aim to serve the parent community of York. In the 3rd term we offered coffee, tea, dessert and other treats at the Hairspray productions. We also ran food stalls at the reunion weekend. Unfortunately, due to stormy weather and fewer supporters than anticipated, we ended up donating a large quantity of the prepared food to the George Night Shelter.
Although not a fundraiser, it has become tradition for the YFRC to host the matric students and their parents for pre-drinks in the school hall before the matric farewell. A group of moms spent the afternoon decorating the hall and preparing for this function. This is an opportunity for all to admire the matrics in their elegant evening wear.
The last YFRC event on the 2017 calendar is a golf day. We will work together with the York Marketing team to host the event, which is in the planning phase as I write this report. Judging by the 2016 golf day, it is an event not to be missed.
Although fundraising might sound like work, we have had a lot of fun planning and working at these events. Many great friendships were formed along the way. Please join our team next year!
In closing, I would like to thank every member of the committee for giving up time and for working selflessly to make these events a success. Sadly, we have to bid farewell to some matric parents. We thank them for the difference they’ve made at York – they will be missed and will always be welcome to come and sit back and relax at future York events where the YFRC will serve them.