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Paper planes with special messages,
cushions of love, a teddy-bears' picnic,
student versus teacher soccer matches
and a three-hour baton carrying relay
were just some of the unique fundraising
activities Catholic schools recently
took part in to raise money for national
Lenten appeal Project Compassion.
Adelaide Archdiocesan schools and
colleges donated thousands of dollars in
the Lenten weeks leading up to Easter
for Caritas Australia's annual awareness
appeal to help end poverty, promote
justice and uphold dignity.
Nazareth Catholic Community, driven by
student leaders from Nazareth College's
Romero House, took turns in teams of
6-10 people to carry a baton around
a 400m circuit at the Flinders Park
campus for three hours. All sponsorship
dollars raised were donated to Project
Compassion, in addition to a wide
variety of other events held throughout
Term One which collectively raised about
"This (was) not your ordinary walk in
the park but rather an event which will
potentially change the lives of those less
fortunate than us," said Harry Dounis-
Mavro, student and Romero House
At Rostrevor College, students
celebrated Harmony Day in March
by donating a gold coin to Project
Compassion. In their House groups,
they competed in a paper plane making
challenge, which also involved writing
messages of harmony on each plane.
Rostrevor College Principal Simon
Dash said: "Our students take their
responsibility within the community
very seriously, so it's great to be able to
come together to celebrate their positive
contributions and attitude towards
understanding and acceptance."
In Penola, Mary MacKillop Memorial
school students celebrated St Joseph's
Day and Mary MacKillop "Do Something
About it Day" by creating a coin trail
worth $258.70 for Project Compassion.
In the city, at St Mary's College, a
teacher streaked his hair red after
Reception students met his $600
fundraising challenge, while a heavily
contested soccer match between
students and staff, including principal
Eileen Young, was among the school
events which raised more than $5000.
Activities including a teddy-bear's
picnic, and pyjama day was held at St
Joseph's Primary School Payneham,
raising more than $1000. At Loreto
College, students held an International
Dress Day of costumes including saris,
kimonos and cork hats. A gold coin
line challenge was also held along
with a lunch-time disco, among other
Students, parents and teachers at
Stella Maris Catholic Primary School,
Seacombe Gardens, ran stalls to
raise money for Caritas Australia
Project Compassion appeal, raising an
The annual Caritas Carnival, held at
Tenison Woods Catholic School in
Richmond, this year saw students
engage in a range of activities directly
linked to the six Project Compassion
"The carnival is a fun filled day and
assists in building the learning capacity
of the students; as it first highlights to
the students, why we are so blessed
and privileged in Australia in comparison
to the difficulties experienced by the
people depicted in the Caritas stories
and it subsequently reinforces to the
children the importance and value
of our precious donations towards
Caritas Australia," said principal Mark
St Mary's College, Adelaide, students test their soccer
skills against goalie principal Eileen Young.
Students get creative for a cause
Rostrevor College students (L-R) Domenic Giglio, Blake
Walker-Roberts and Thomas McGovern in a paper plane
challenge which helped raise funds.
Tension Woods College students cook up a storm in Mt Gambier, (from left) Jack Verbana, Caleb Gibb and Melissa Tilley.
Photo: Nethanel Sutton
Nazareth Catholic College students.
Stella Maris Catholic Primary School,
Seacombe Gardens, held fundraising stalls.
Mary MacKillop Memorial School, Penola,
students (L-R) Sophia Watson, Henry Berkin
and Paris Cutting.
St Joseph's School Payneham students
Alyssa Marino (left) and Stephanie Pinna with
cushions of love and friendship bands.
St Joseph's School Ottoway held a toy swap
organised by pre-schoolers.
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