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STARS: Students Bianca Alford, Rhiarne Truscott, Tiarna Doliver, Martha Pafb, Tanya McCallum, Jenna-Lee Douce, Jessi Fleming and Josh van Essen with Cornerstone Youth Services' Claire Stucas and teacher Linda Denny.

Students prove their talent

By DOUG DINGWALL | The Adovcate | Nov. 15, 2013, 1 a.m.

THEY started with no budget, three months to organise a fund- raiser and little experience in managing events.

TasTAFE students doing a certificate III in events met the challenge of running a youth talent search that raised $1800 for mental health service headspace.

Money raised at last Saturday's Cradle Coast Talent Search will go towards mental health programs for the North-West's young people.

The TasTAFE course required students to create an event.

Eight students started the talent search from scratch, needing to raise money.

They approached businesses for support and raised $3300 for the event.

The group drew in talented performers and held the talent search at the Reece High School auditorium.

Judges at the show commended the class for the event.

Twenty-one entrants performed at the talent search, including singers, dancers, gymnasts and bands.

Somerset singer Ruby Austin- Lund won the event, and second place went to Sheffield harpist Marietta Mineur.

Student Bianca Allford said class members now had the skills to manage events themselves.

They built rapport with businesses and grew their networks through the assessment.

Class members didn't think about their certificate when working on the event.

"It was more than a class for us - it was personal," Ms Allford said.

"We were on a mission to succeed."

Teacher Linda Denny said many fund-raising groups took nine months longer to organise similar events.

"It was a learning experience for all of us," she said.

Claire Stucas, of headspace service provider Cornerstone Youth Services in Devonport, said she had not expected a donation that large.

"It's really hard for young people in the North-West," she said."For these guys to donate that money, it shows how many great young people we have in the community."

Courtesy of The Adovcate

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