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Every child should be encouraged to be a part of something bigger than just themselves.

I believe that educational success should be measured by three things — grades, effort and what you give back to the community.

At Walford Anglican School for Girls, social responsibility and contributing to the greater good is prioritised. I was lucky enough to attend Walford from Year 7 to Year 12, and I’ll always be grateful that the school shines such a big spotlight on the importance of helping others. It’s the sports teams I was part of and the friendships I made, but also the opportunities to give back to the wider community by volunteering.

I was honoured to have been invited back to be part of the partnership between Walford and Kickstart for Kids. Walking through the school gates at forty years old, I still got the same sense of comfort and belonging that I felt all those years ago, and I love knowing that community spirit is still at the school’s core.

Image credit :: Hayley McLaughlan

Walford played host school for a morning of collaboration to raise awareness for disadvantaged school children here in South Australia, with a particular focus on period poverty.

In South Australia, one in four girls doesn’t attend school because she doesn’t have access to feminine hygiene products. Kickstart for Kids has created a new Period Poverty program, where sanitary items will be distributed to over 350 South Australian schools — and naturally, Walford has jumped on board to help.

The special morning was facilitated by Kickstart for Kids Founder Ian Steel and TikTok sensation Jenna with the Pink. It armed the Walford students with the information they needed to help fight period poverty in SA, and I know I certainly walked away feeling inspired to play my part in making a change.

Walford girls have a wonderful reputation for fully embracing others less fortunate than themselves, so it doesn’t surprise me that they’re already leading the pack when it comes to donating sanitary products to the cause.

At Walford, the power of community is stronger than ever, and the thing I love the most is that these girls will take these values with them when they leave school and become our future leaders.



Hayley Pearson

Hayley Pearson

Co-Creator and Writer for Adelady, she still gets goosebumps that she’s combined her creative passion with sharing the best of her stunning home state.

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