At Monday's whole school assembly our Year 5 students launched Project Compassion at Mary Immaculate.
The theme for Project Compassion 2019 is based around hope and giving Lent 100% in the name of hope. This year will be focusing on six stories which show the power of hope and the work of Caritas Australia in communities in Zimbabwe, Indonesia, Solomon Islands, Australia, Bangladesh and Vietnam.
Our Year 5 students led our Prayer by introducing 16 year old Peter from the Solomon Islands. Peter lives with a disability and goes to a boarding school. The Solomon Islands have experienced water shortages for the past 60 years. Previously, students would have to walk kilometres each day in search of clean water. This was particularly challenging for Peter. With the support of funds raised by Project Compassion, Peter is now able to have clean water on tap at his school. No longer does he have to endure the long walks to unsafe water sources which, for someone living with a disability, was extremely taxing. With more free time and fewer illnesses caused by dirty water, Peter is able to fulfil his hope of focusing on his studies, providing him with brighter future. We were inspired by Peter's story.
Our students each have been given a project compassion box to collect money for children such as Peter. Classes will collect each week and bring their boxes to our assemblies. We greatly appreciate your support during Project Compassion 2019