ARCHIVE NEWS – Project Compassion – SOTS students raise a staggering $7488

by / Friday, 23 May 2014 / Published in Uncategorized

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Star of the Sea students have raised a staggering $7488 for Project Compassion 2014

Project Compassion was chosen as Star of the Sea’s Lenten fundraising project and is a major campaign for Caritas Australia.

Caritas Australia is an organisation that helps many people overseas and here in Australia and works for a more fair and just society.

As part of the school’s focus to assist those millions of families who fight for justice, peace and survival every day, a fundraising walk was organised and the students walked in unity with the world’s poor.

The students were encouraged to walk as many laps of a designated course and requested sponsorship for the number of laps they completed. The Year 1-6 students walked around the School Oval as many times as they could in 30 minutes and the Kindy & Pre Primary children walk in the Junior Primary Playground area for 20 minutes. During the walk students took turns with their class, to carry a bucket of water to experience what it would be like to carry water home. Not only did this event create a fun way of raising funds for the project but it also importantly was a worthwhile opportunity for students to see how privileged our life is compared to others. The event was an opportunity to walk in someone else’s shoes. Rather than just donate, it’s was an opportunity to put our compassion into action and reflect on those people who everyday have to walk for their basic needs.

In conjunction with this, children were also able to collect donations through compassion boxes distributed from school. All funds raised were donated to Project Compassion and will help Caritas Australia pursue justice and assist those who are most vulnerable to extreme poverty and injustice. Star of the Sea students did an amazing job of raising the money and the school was very proud of their efforts.

Janeen Murphy from Caritas joined us for a school assembly and student leaders presented the cheque for $7488. It was also an opportunity for Janeen to share some of the stories behind the work of Caritas and explain to the children where some of the funds will go and how much it will help other children living in poverty.

If you would like to find out more about Caritas Australia and Project compassion 2014 visit http://www.caritas.org.au/projectcompassion/about

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