During 2003, Ms Nel Rauchle, a Guidance Officer at Mansfield High, had a dream to create an Interact Club at our School. She worked with several of our Year 11 students to this effect. However in September 2003, Ms Rauchle lost her battle with cancer. The Year 11 students in association with the Administration, chose to continue with Ms Rauchle’s dream and the Rauchle Service Club was founded and named in Ms Rauchle’s honour.
The Rauchle Club differs from an Interact Club in that all students from Year 8 through to Year 12 may become members and be involved in the Club’s activities. Senior students hold key positions with elections being held in October each year. The Club members meet regularly throughout the year and decide what causes will be promoted and how to raise awareness and funds.
Since the Club’s inception, the students have raised substantial funds for a variety of organisations. They have also contributed their time to helping others. Some of the projects are outlined below:
- Raised funds to help a student in Papua New Guinea
- Sponsored a Variety Club Special Needs Christmas Party child
- Raised funds to help a student in Tanzania
- Raised funds to pay for the ongoing training of our Guide Dog
- Raised funds for CanTeen Queensland for teens with cancer
- Raised funds for the Mater Children’s Hospital.
Funds were raised through a Pancake Day, Rotary Bookfest, a Mothers’ Day Raffle, a Guide Dog at the Canteen, coin assemblies, and with all Rauchle Club members taking part in the Musical and the Soap Drive.
In addition to raising funds, students have participated in the Reader to Reader program in which students listen to primary school students read over the telephone. This is organised through the Smith Family. Other students help out at the Rotary Bookfest.
This Service Club emphasises the importance of giving and serving others. All students are strongly encouraged to actively participate in the activities of the Rauchle Club.
For further information, please contact Mrs Holley, our Community Liaison Officer, who coordinates activities.