A TEAM effort between students and staff from the Catholic College Bendigo will go a long way in improving the wellbeing of disadvantaged Australians.
The college raised $43,293, with all funds donated to Mercy Works.
The organisation is dedicated to supporting long-term development projects in Australia and the Asia Pacific to improve health and social wellbeing and expand educational opportunities.
The donation was presented to Mercy Works executive director Alisa McKinnon at the Year 12 final assembly recently.
Year 12 student and house captain Zac Powell spoke at the event, citing foundress of the Sisters of Mercy Catherine McAuley.
"The poor need our help today not next week," he quoted.
Mr Powell said the college raised money from three main events, including a family golf day which raised $15,000, Founders Day with $8000 and various awareness activities with about $2500.
He said staff also contributed $17,000 to the fund-raiser by having money deducted from their fortnightly pay.
Catholic Identity director Tim Edwards said the college had formed a strong bond with Mercy Works.
"It is a magnificent contribution," he said.
The money will go towards covering the cost of running an early childhood centre.