Mount Hawthorn Primary School unveils mural thanks to Hawaiian grant

21 May 2019

Mount Hawthorn Primary School has unveiled a new mural designed to encourage local sustainability efforts, thanks to a grant from Hawaiian.

An initiative as part of the school’s Waste Energy & Sustainability (WES) program, the mural features the school’s new mascot – named WES – with artwork aimed to inspire students to reduce their carbon footprint.

The $2,000 grant was awarded to Mount Hawthorn Primary School as part of Hawaiian’s 2018 Giving Box Appeal, which encouraged local schools, shoppers and workers to donate non-perishable food and gift items benefitting Foodbank WA and Anglicare WA.

Mount Hawthorn Primary School received two prizes, with the students raising the highest amount of food (calculated in kilograms per participating student) within the Hawaiian’s Mezz catchment area. The school also won the highest number of gifts collected across Western Australia, out of 21 participating schools.

The grant was awarded as part of the state-wide campaign that saw the West Australian community donate more than 30,943 meals and 11,689 gifts.

Mount Hawthorn Primary School’s Principal Dale Mackesey said the WES mascot was designed to remind students to seek out new ways to cut energy, waste and water usage at the school.

“The school recognises the importance of adopting practices which promote environmental sustainability through our WES program.”

“Thanks to the Hawaiian Giving Box grant, we have been able to pay for local artist Pippa Scheepers from George and Gina to design and paint the mural, which in turn allows us to deepen our commitment towards helping the environment,” said Mr Mackesey.

Hawaiian’s General Manager, Shopping Centre Suburban Portfolio, Scott Greenwood said Hawaiian was proud to support a school championing environmental change and conservation.

“We’re grateful to the students, staff and families of Mount Hawthorn Primary School for their effort in fundraising for both Anglicare WA and Foodbank WA throughout Hawaiian’s Giving Box Appeal, and are glad to be able to give back to a worthy cause that they feel strongly about.”

Now in its sixth year, the appeal helps charities Foodbank WA and Anglicare WA support local families struggling at Christmas.