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Advocating for those on the margins


Child slavery, cleaning up the environment and asylum seekers were just a few of the social justice issues put under the spotlight at the Just Advocacy Fair held at St Paul’s College recently.

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Organised by the Year 10 students, the fair served to create awareness about a number of issues facing the world. Information-laden stalls were set up inside the Callan Hall, with Year 7, 8 and 9 students attending and asking questions as needed.

Guest speakers on the day included Vinnies CEO David Wark, who addressed social justice issues in the local community; Mason Sommerville, who discussed children in detention; and Neville Atkinson who spoke about the orphanage at Mithra, India. Students also made presentations on the areas of child labour, water pollution, coward punch and domestic violence.

This year several of the students wore ‘blue for Nauru’ as part of the initiative #KidsOffNauru.

College APRIM Angela Collins said the fair was a wonderful way for the students to show their compassion in the true Edmund Rice tradition.

“This was the third year of running this event and it is always a highlight to hear the boys speak out about something they care about, to listen to their voices advocating for those on the margins, both locally and globally,” she said.

One of the billboards created by students to raise awareness about the need to care for the environment.


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