Year 12 ‘muck-up days’ are typically known to be filled with mufti clothes and mischief but one school is turning the convention on its head by using the day to raise funds for their local hospital.

Every year hundreds of year 12 students from Chatswood High School walk to Royal North Shore Hospital (RNSH), collecting money from local business and the community on their way.


​This year the students managed to raise over $500 for the paediatric ward which they presented to the Kolling Foundation and hospital staff on arrival at the hospital.

"We are honoured that Chatswood High School Students once again gave up their muck up day to raise funds for sick children at Royal North Shore Hospital," says Julie McDonald, Chief Executive Officer at Kolling Foundation.

"The school’s continued commitment to supporting our youngest patients as well as educating the next generation about helping their local community is inspiring and so greatly appreciated."

The money will go towards the purchase of blood pressure cuffs and entertainment equipment for the children in the paediatric ward.

Head of the paediatrics department, Carola Wittekind, said she was impressed by the enthusiasm with which the students carried out their fundraising and expressed her thanks for their kind donations.

The students have raised $18,516.85 in total since the tradition began in 2010 which has been used to support different departments and programs at RNSH.

"I congratulate them on their community spirit and wish them good luck for the upcoming HSC," Carola said.

About Kolling Foundation & RNSH Fundraising

Kolling Foundation is the peak fundraising body for Royal North Shore & Ryde Hospitals and the Kolling Institute of Medical Research. We believe in harnessing the power of our caring community to invest in excellence for our beneficiaries.

The Kolling Foundation works to inspire and enable out community to support improvements in patient care and equipment at Royal North Shore and Ryde Hospitals, as well as ground breaking medical research at the Kolling Institute.

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