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The Southern Cross : November 2011
November 2011 Page 17 www.thesoutherncross.org.au The Southern Cross schools | BIG, BIG TRIP: Six St Mary's College Year 11 students were "challenged, overwhelmed and inspired" by the landscape, culture, tradition and people of the Oak Valley community in the Maralinga-Tjarutja Lands in Far-West South Australia. St Mary's students (pictured L-R) Ellie, Bec, Bec and Mel with Oak Valley students Geraldine and Kumuna spent four days, mostly at the Oak Valley Anangu School of about 20 students. Oak Valley students will be visiting St Mary's College this month. The St Mary's College students, Religious Education & Mission director Robert Napoli and teacher Lucy Jenner took two days to travel the 1300km road-trip in September to Oak Valley. Student Ellie Meich says: "I've never really reflected this much before. Time really stood still." Student Bec Humphrys says: "Physically, I was exhausted, emotionally, I was teary and unsure, and spiritually, I was awakened." The Oak Valley pilgrimage is part of St Mary's College immersion program, which also has a Vietnam pilgrimage, run each year to broaden students' perspectives and deepen their understanding of social justice issues. PEACE & HARMONY: Year 3 Christian Brothers College student and Sudanese migrant Emmanuel Donga, 9, was among 20 South Australian students selected from 67,775 entries nationwide to recently receive the Prime Minister's NAIDOC Medal for his poem on harmony and friendship. His poem will be displayed in Parliament House for the next six months. Emmanuel and his family migrated to Australia in 2006. The Prime Minister's NAIDOC Medal aims to promote greater understanding of the importance of friendship and cultural diversity amongst young people. The annual inter-church mixed netball challenge at Bordertown has once again proved a great success as an ecumenical event. Catholic parishioner Cathy Hinge, who is also a Christian Pastoral Support worker at the Bordertown High School always manages to gather an exciting group of young Catholic students from across Years 8 to 11 to take up the challenge. Their link usually is that they have all met while preparing for the Sacraments of Confirmation and first Holy Communion. The challenge is organised by the Lutheran Church with youth from the Highway Christian Centre, Church of Christ, Uniting Church and a combined youth group from Keith also participating. Cathy said the 60 young people involved realise perhaps for the first time that people from their high school classrooms also attend church regularly. A short devotion precedes the games and prayer concludes the evening before a generous 'country-style' supper is shared. The Bordertown Catholic Youth Team (pictured left) won for a second year in succession. Ecumenical netball in SE With the support of naming sponsor, Southern Cross Care (SA & NT), the 85 golfers enjoyed a great day of golf and friendship as they played in the Catholic Charities 2011 Golf Day. We thank our sponsors All Transport Industries, Blackwell Funerals, Catholic Church Insurances, CarCenta, Catholic Development Fund, Centacare, Jarvis Subaru, Knights of the Southern Cross, Southern Cross Golf Club, Whelancare, Your Floor Pty Ltd, Adelaide Direct Stationers, House of Golf, Catholic Missions, Sevenhill Cellars and West Lakes Golf Club. $7,000 to support respite care Catholic Charities Have you considered a Christmas gift for hungry families in South Australia Or are you organising a Christmas Hamper program for your community... This year Foodbank will create 10,000 hampers for some of South Australia's neediest families. 25,000 disadvantaged South Australian children and youth will not miss out this festive season as a result of Foodbank's Christmas Hamper program. Edi Sfreddo of the Brother Michael Christmas Hamper Appeal which is conducted by the St Paul of the Cross Glen Osmond/Parkside Parish decided to buy hampers from Foodbank last year. "We have ordered hampers again this year as they provide great value not only as to contents but also as to the convenience of the pre-packaging in sturdy cartons. This is a win win for both Foodbank and us, as we receive cost effective hampers and it helps Foodbank to underwrite their food relief efforts right throughout the year." Foodbank also relies on the generosity of the general public and business community to help fund this much needed but costly program. If your family would like to help other families in need this Christmas you can sponsor any number of hampers at our user friendly, safe and secure website www.fbsa.com.au or contact Dot or Miranda at the Foodbank SA Head Office on (08) 8351 1136 The 2011 hamper has a large range of festive products and important everyday grocery items valued at almost $100. Organisations can purchase the Foodbank SA Christmas Hamper for only $45 each. If your organisation would like to purchase hampers contact Dot or Miranda at The Foodbank SA Head Office on (08) 8351 1136 or email firstname.lastname@example.org Festive foods include canned leg ham, Christmas Cake, mince pies, pudding and custard.