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Candlelight vigil for Christchurch

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About 80 students, staff, parents and local faith leaders gathered at St Paul’s College for a candlelight vigil last week to show their support for those affected by the Christchurch tragedy.

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The vigil on March 21 provided an opportunity for everyone at the college to offer their ‘thoughts, prayers and condolences’ to the Muslim families in the school community, and to support and grieve with them during such a difficult time.

Joining the vigil were representatives from the Islamic Society of South Australia – Imam Abdulsalam Alim, Nurmuhammad Majid (vice president) and Nurhoja Omarhoja (executive member) – and Fr Mathew Raj OMI, parish priest of Dernancourt.

Principal Paul Belton told the college community it was one “built on hope and peace, of love for all and not just for self” and said this was evident throughout the moving ceremony.

The event also coincided with Harmony Day, fittingly reinforcing the college’s commitment to diversity, dignity and harmony.

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