The Southern Cross : May 2010
The Southern Cross May 2010 Page 17 www.adelaide.catholic.org.au schools They live 10,503km apar t and are unlikely to ever know each other by name and yet the students at Prospect's Rosar y School in Adelaide are planning a third fundraiser for impoverished children at a school in Tanzania. In the past year, the 400-strong student body of Rosar y School (R-7) has raised $5000 for the School of St Jude -- a sponsorship suppor ted school in which orphaned and under-privileged children receive a free education. The school was established in Tanzania in 2002 by Australian-born Gemma Sisia, who has been visiting schools and churches across Australia since March. Mrs Sisia spent an afternoon at Loreto College, in Marr yatville, relaying her stor y of building the school up from three students and one teacher to more than 1300 sponsored children across three campuses. In a letter to Rosar y School students, she says the school's most recent donation of more than $1000 had purchased new books for students, saving valuable lesson time by not having to copy work of f the blackboard. "To have a complete set of text books also means being able to do homework and revise lessons at a student's individual pace." Mrs Sisia visited Rosar y School last year. She said each year St Jude's needed $41,500 for more than 5000 text books for ever y student across all subjects. Local, national and international donations completely fund the not-for-profit African school through the purchase of stationer y, uniforms, dining halls, classrooms and school buses. Rosar y School 10 months ago organised a bus-a-thon for St Judes in which students decorated cardboard buses and ran laps of the school oval, raising money through sponsorships from friends and family. The fundraiser netted $3500 and raised the plight of Tanzanian students having to walk many kilometers barefoot to reach school. In December the Year 4 students held an ar t exhibition and auction, which raised a fur ther $1500. "I think it is great for the kids to realise they are ver y lucky living in Australia," said Rosar y School teacher Anne Daw. Mrs Daw, who spent four weeks at the School of St Judes last July, is planning to organise a third fundraiser at Rosar y School later this year. "It was fantastic," she said of her time at St Jude's. "It's an absolutely amazing school. The students are the poorest kids from the poorest homes. They are so appreciative of getting an education and they work really hard." ❒ For more information on the School of St Jude visit www.schoolofstjude.co.tz A 10,000km-long helping hand to Tanzania HELPING HANDS: Rosary School students and teacher Anne Daw have helped raise over $5000 for the School of St Jude in Tanzania. Photo: Kate Elmes Carol Galbraith, being shown medals won by her cousin Chris at the Special Olympics. Chris has represented Australia in Ireland and at other Special Olympics Catholic Charities 39 Wakefield Street, Adelaide SA 5000 GPO Box 1364, Adelaide SA 5001 Ph: 08 8210 8125 Fax: 08 8232 8820 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org ABN: 29 608 297 012 Charity Licence: 25 Volunteer Week: 5-16 May Catholic Charities 70th Anniversary Year: 30 August 2010---30 August 2011 September Catholic Charities Appeal 13th September: Annual Golf Day Badge Day: 3rd November Diary Dates 2010 Catholic Charities 70th Anniversary Since Catholic Charities was formed in 1941 at the direction of Archbishop Beovich many people have made significant contributions to the success of Catholic Charities and the support given to those who are most in need in our community. We would love to hear from past Parish Coordinators, Catholic Charities Committee members and any other people who have been a part of the Catholic Charities Appeal as we plan to celebrate the contribution from those in our local community whose generosity of time, care and donations have made such a difference to many in our community. Please call Executive Officer Joan Young at the Catholic Charities office on 08 8210 8125 or email us on email@example.com to tell us of your story and memories. Thank you Athlete Paula Morrissy, with her mother Pauline and athlete Sharon Nicks from the Ain Karim Community after competing in their long jump event at Santos Stadium Congratulations Special Olympians Sharon and Pip from the Ain Karim Community represented South Australia at the Special Olympics recently held in Adelaide. Pip competed in swimming and Sharon in athletics. Sharon has won medals in previous games and represented Australia at the Ireland Special Olympics. Pip has been swimming for many years and has won numerous medals in past Special Olympics events. Carol Galbraith from the Catholic Charities Committee said the atmosphere at Santos Stadium was electric as the athletes competed. Carol congratulates the volunteers and officials for the support they give to this special event, especially the students from our various schools, including Rostrevor College. Thank you to our volunteers who help Catholic Charities make a difference to those in need Gemma Sisia with students from the School of St Jude.