The Southern Cross : June 2011
Page 18 June 2011 www.thesoutherncross.org.au The Southern Cross | youth BUSY BOOKWORMS IN JUNE: St Martin's Catholic Primary School's Year 2 students (L-R) Lilly and Charlotte are among South Australian Catholic school students reading as much as they can over 30 days in June and July to raise funds in the MSReadathon in a bid to fund research for the fight against Multiple Sclerosis. Last year the pair was the school's top readathon fundraisers. In 2010, 56 Catholic schools were involved in the MS Readathon and raised $19,557. The Dominican School, in Semaphore, pulled in the highest amount with $5,601. In its 32nd year, the 2011 MS Readathon is rewarding schools with a Target gift voucher worth 10 per cent of the funds raised by the school. And schools with a participation rate of 10 per cent or more will go into the draw to win up to $5000 worth of Apple iPads. For more information visit www.msreadathon.org.au A 17-year-old former Catholic school student from Adelaide -- among one of only four Australians awarded the nation's most generous private scholarship -- says fighting for human rights is futile without trying to save the environment first. "If we don't solve climate change, then effectively all other issues are redundant," said Yen Pham, a 2010 Year 12 graduate from Saint Ignatius' College and a recipient of the coveted 2011 Charles Hawker Scholarship. Australian Governor-General Quentin Bryce AC presented Yen, Sarah Elliott (WA), Emma Greenland (NSW) and Jacqueline Williams (ACT) scholarship certificates at Government House in Canberra last month. Yen, a first-year student in Law and English at Adelaide University, is passionate about finding solutions to climate change and is hoping to specialise in human rights and, or environmental law. The undergraduate, described as a "pocket rocket" by representatives of the scholarship's trustees, was born in Adelaide to Vietnamese migrants. She has been educated at Catholic schools, achieved perfect scores for english studies, classical studies and philosophy in Year 12 and was dux of Saint Ignatius' College in 2010. A gifted public speaker and debater, Yen's work for the Model United Nations won her the Boutras-Ghali Shield and she represented South Australia at the national Evatt Trophy in Canberra. She is an active member of the Australian Youth Climate Coalition (AYCC) and helped organise a regional youth climate summit in Adelaide last year. Hawker Scholarships, valued at up to $60,000 over four years, are one of the most generous privately-funded scholarships available to undergraduate and postgraduate students in Australia. This year's four successful candidates were selected from a strong field of 180 applicants. The Charles Hawker Scholarship is in memory of scholar, soldier, politician and statesman Charles Allan Seymour Hawker and his achievements as one of Australia's most respected pastoral pioneers. TOP AWARD: Former Saint Ignatius' College student Yen Pham being awarded the coveted Charles Hawker Scholarship by Governor-General Quentin Bryce AC in Canberra last month. Yen's dream to save planet granted The combination of physical activity and a laugh brought over 50 young people to the 2011 Archdiocesan Sports Day for Young People that was held at Christian Brothers College on the afternoon of Sunday, May 1. The Aberfoyle Easy Beats (Aberfoyle Park Antioch representatives) finished in first place, while the Spirit of the Archdiocese award went to 'VCC' (young people from the Vietnamese Catholic Community in the Pooraka Parish). Co-workers for Christ, Henley Beach Antioch and Café de Charles (Noarlunga Parish) were some of the other groups to have a fun and energetic representative team. A visit from Archbishop Philip Wilson was a welcome, as was the cooking expertise of Knights of the Cross members who generously volunteered to provide a barbecue. Diocesan Youth Ministry Development Officer Josh Foulis said the positive and supportive environment of the day served to celebrate young people and identified that "simply having a laugh and sharing time with others in the Archdiocese can never be underestimated as a celebration of our faith". Sports day WINNERS: Shanna Ridings, from the Aberfoyle Easy Beats, and Peter Nguyen, from team 'VCC' (Vietnamese Catholic Community, Pooraka.