Schoolies rescue mission
DESTINY is calling Alana Vogler.
The Victory College senior made a life-changing decision to spend her schoolies week in Thailand helping young girls rescued from a life of prostitution.
With no fixed plans for her end-of-school celebrations, Miss Vogler, 16, was easily swayed when mission group Destiny Rescue visited her school to speak about offering up the "self-indulgent" holiday to help humanity.
Now all she needs to do is raise $3000 for the trip.
Miss Vogler will assist the rescue mission by offering companionship to rescued girls as well as English and basic music lessons.
She will also be helping out around the facility; building structures such as pig pens and fences and painting classrooms.
"I don't need to go and party with people I don't know," she told The Gympie Times.
"Other students at my school will be going on Christian camps or to the Gold Coast and some have planned a trip for Byron Bay."
Miss Vogler will join compassionate school leavers from all over Australia on a two-week schoolies trip to Thailand at the end of the year. All will be doing it in the hope that change will come in future years.
The Destiny Rescue mission will benefit from Miss Vogler's visit. Friends said her musical ability - guitar playing skills and beautiful vocals - combined with her warm heart and responsible attitude would help soothe young abused girls.
She hoped her input would encourage the young girls and women to seek the voice within them, to find strength within their peril and look for change.
Miss Vogler has been attending singing lessons since she was five years old and was an active member of the Australian Institute of Country Music. She was one of the lead singers in Institute, a band formed within the class for fun and the experience.
She is one of many young people trying to redirect their energies and do something worthwhile during schoolies.
By reaching out to help humanity, Miss Vogler is also helping to change the culture of schoolies week for future generations.
To donate, phone 0407 034 177.