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CBC socking it to poverty for Catholic Mission

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Christian Brothers College is pretty handy when it comes to soccer, and in October students lent their skills to a good cause – raising money for children in Africa.

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The college was South Australia’s pilot school for Catholic Mission’s community engagement initiative, Socktober, which encourages students to learn about a mission project and then raise funds for it by getting sponsored by family and friends to kick penalty goals.

The students made ‘Sockballs’, like those found on playgrounds across Africa, using old socks, T-shirts, bubble wrap and a plastic shopping bag. The main event, the penalty shootout, took place between two teams in the CBC gym, with funds raised by the students going towards the building of a Vocational Training Centre for the Nazareth Home for God’s Children in Ghana.

Acting Diocesan director for Catholic Mission Tony Johnston said the program benefits participants as much as those they support. “The students have definitely broadened their horizons and experiences in understanding the work of Catholic Mission around the world,” he said.

Socktober will feature throughout Adelaide in 2020 with the CBC boys ready to take it to the next level.

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