More than 100 people took part in the Afghan Peace March which began at the Cumberland Park school and wound its way through local streets and back along Cross Road, finishing in time for the start of normal lessons. Participants, who included Dominican Sisters who live adjacent the college, wore ribbons in Afghan colours and waved handmade posters.
Year 11 students Hannah Smailes and Eilish Wearing were two of the students heavily involved in organising the event, with the guidance of teachers Lucy Jenner and Jess Rossi.
Hannah said the march was a way for students to “push for action and stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in Afghanistan”.
“We were greatly moved by the situation in Afghanistan and felt the desire to do something about it,” she said.
“A group within our school formed and together we discussed the crisis and what we could do to help. Starting from a small conversation, a call for action grew and the idea for a march was formed.
“We were marching to raise awareness about the sheer horror of this crisis, to push for greater government action but most of all we were marching to show our solidarity with the Afghans, to show them that they are not alone.”
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