The Southern Cross : August 2012
August 2012 Page 17 www.thesoutherncross.org.au The Southern Cross schools | 100th Anniversary Mass 1912 -- 2012 St. Canute's Catholic Church Streaky Bay Sunday 30th September 2012 at 10.00am After the celebration of Mass, a luncheon will be held at the Streak Bay Hotel at 12.30pm All past and present parishioners are invited to attend RSVP: Friday 14th September 2012 for catering purposes Fr. John Folkman- Parish Priest - 08 86261025 P.O. Box 15 Streaky Bay SA. 5680 Email: SB-Ccathpar@bigpond.com or Rae Brewster - Phone: 08 86261443 We are a Catholic community of welcome,connecting faith, family and education. www.nazareth.org.au T: 8406 5000 College Tours Secondary Campus 1 Hartley Road, Flinders Park Wednesday 12 September 2012 at 9:30am For tour bookings please call: We invite you to meet our Co-Principals, Dr Neil McGoran & Ms Pauline Murphy and take a guided tour of the college in action. Primary Campus 176 Crittenden Road, Findon Tuesday 11 September 2012 at 9:30am One, two, three, four, "click". This is the sound that silenced an entire assembly of college boys in Adelaide earlier this year. Each "click", in five second intervals, represented the death of a child in a developing world country. International child advocate and Indian Christian Brother Steve Rocha, 40, highlighted the grim statistic by having the Rostrevor College students and staff collectively clicking their fingers every five seconds. He was a guest speaker at the College in June. "It sent a chill through me," said Rostrevor College principal Simon Dash. "It certainly had a startling impact on the students," said Mr Dash. Br Steve spent four weeks in Adelaide in May and June as a thinker in residence (Justice Facilitator in Residence) at all-girls Seymour College, at Glen Osmond, which is affiliated with the Uniting Church. During his stay, he visited Rostrevor College, in Woodforde, St Paul's College, in Gilles Plains, and Christian Brother's College, in Adelaide. He also met with Uniting Church chaplains and service directors, the Edmund Rice Associates and the Wisdom Group, Edmund Rice Centre director Phil Glendenning and United Nations Association Australia (UNAA) groups. Br Steve leads global children's advocacy campaign NINEISMINE, encouraging the Indian Government to honour its unfulfilled promise to spend nine percent of the GDP (Gross Domestic Product) on children's health and education. The target was to have been met in 2009. The government now predicts it won't be until 2022 that the three percent health target will be achieved. "With 5000 children below the age of 12 succumbing to simple and curable childhood diseases each day, imagine the number of children who will die due to poverty by the year 2022?" said Br Steve. NINEISMINE began in 2006 with more than 4500 children rallying in Delhi advocating for an end to social discrimination, isolation and poverty. The campaign has gone global, with 20,000 registrations on the campaign website and more than 1000 "Likes" on Facebook. "I believe at the heart of poverty, social exclusion and injustice issues lies the reality of unequal distribution of wealth," said Br Steve. "I believe the children of (Adelaide) got a peek into the reality of the sea of suffering of billions beyond their island of abundance," he said. "I believe that the children also got a sense of how moves in the direction of advocacy can be far more effective than huge fundraising barbecues." Seymour College director of service learning Lynne Moten said the college, including old scholars, would spend a week volunteering with the NINEISMINE campaign in India next January as part of the school's annual immersion program to India. "At Seymour College, we encourage teachers to embed issues of service, ethics and justice into the curriculum in all subjects," said Ms Moten, who spent several years as the learning coordinator at Rostrevor College. "Br Steve brought a new creativity and a deepening of students and teachers' understanding, as well as firsthand experience of working with the poorest of the poor." Br Steve was born in Mumbai, India, and studied at a Christian Brothers School. Inspired by the brothers' dedication to children and education, he joined the monastery and became a brother in 1986. He said his call to action stemmed from believing in an equitable, just and inclusive world. "(And) by the faith in children's vision and dreams, the belief in their right to participate and the plight of millions of children across the world." For more information visit www.nineismine.in or contact Br Steve on firstname.lastname@example.org. Sound of poverty strikes a chord INSPIRING: Christian Brother Steve Rocha in Adelaide earlier this year with Seymour College Year 3 student Hilary Swanson.