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LET IT GROW: The Mitchell Courtyard at St Aloysius College had a
“makeover” recently when students – with the help of Bunnings –
planted flower and herb seedlings in the garden beds. The plantings
were organised by the college’s social justice group and according to
social justice coordinator Maddie Kelly, the ongoing care of the garden
will serve as a “hands on” way for students to take responsibility
for their environment. Participating in the plantings, above from left,
Jessica, Mia and Rachel.
Mercedes College social justice league leaders
have joined forces with leaders from St Mary’s
College, St Dominic’s Priory and Blackfriars
Priory to raise social justice awareness between
the four schools.
One of their first initiatives was to set up a can
drive for the St Vincent de Paul Society Winter
Appeal. The four schools and Christian Brothers
College “competed” against each other to see
who could collect the most cans, resulting in
nearly 6000 cans of food being donated to the
In another bid to raise awareness, the schools
held a Year10-12 movie night on August 5. The
20-minute locally produced film, The Exodus,
explores the arrival of so-called “boat people”
and refugees as well as the meaning of life itself.
Proceeds from the movie night went to the
Welcome Australia Foundation.
On Saturday August 6 the schools provided
volunteers to buddy families supported by
Vinnies. The day included making pizzas and
playing basketball, soccer and netball.
Two Year 7 students from the Star of the
Sea School, who recently made local
news headlines, have wrapped up their
Kick in my Boots campaign by personally
delivering football boots to remote
Jakob Virlas and Tom Nagel, both 12,
visited Alice Springs last month and
delivered boots to a number of local
Far surpassing their initial target of 100
boots, they delivered more than 500 pairs
of new and used football boots, as well as
The boys started their foundation Kick in
my Boots following their participation in a
leadership conference through school in
March this year.
The boys said they were “inspired to do
something and make a change” after they
attended the Youth Leader’s Day at the
Adelaide Convention Centre and “met
some inspiring people”.
Kick in my Boots aims to provide new and
used football boots to the less fortunate in
remote South Australian communities.
The boys said that because children in
remote communities didn’t always have
access to things as simple as football
boots, they wanted to see what they could
do to help.
“They can’t access the same things as us
and we thought we might help them and
make a change by donating boots,” they
What started as a simple idea to collect
and donate used footy boots from their
friends and family rapidly grew and the
boys collected hundreds of pairs, enlisting
the help of numerous companies and
organisations such as the SANFL.
Kick in my Boots set up collection points
for boots at local football clubs and the
SANFL pitched in by organising drop-off
points at each of its 10 clubs.
As well as appearing on Seven News
Adelaide, Jakob and Tom were on the
front page of their local Messenger, have
appeared on 5AA, been interviewed by
Jane Reilly and gathered more than 1000
‘likes’ on Facebook.
They also raised more than $600 at a
casual clothes day they organised at
Star of the Sea School and through
further fundraising efforts and donations
purchased hundreds of pairs of brand new
football socks to go with the boots.
Kicking goals in Indigenous communities
By Jack Manning
LIKEABLE: Jakob and Tom after their foundation received 1000 Facebook likes and below donating boots and socks to
students in schools in the NT.
Photos courtesy of Kick in my Boots Facebook
JUSTICE CREW: Mercedes College social justice leaders, from left: Alexander Diamond, Sophie
Smith, Evelyn Cacas, Gabrielle Capasso and Lucas Di Ubaldo.
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