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Schools get creative for Project Compassion


From fun runs and discos, to purple days and lining up coins – schools throughout the Archdiocese found creative ways to raise money for this year’s Project Compassion Lenten Appeal.

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St Anthony’s School at Edwardstown held a fun Purple Day on April 9 where students dressed in purple and created stalls that embraced the stories of Project Compassion.

APRIM Monica Doherty and principal Stuart Baker get into the spirit of Purple Day.

One stall, for example, was called ‘The Tsunami’, to reflect Caritas Australia’s work in helping to rebuild the Solomon Islands following the devastation caused by tropical cyclone Harold. Customers were given two minutes to erect a building using paper, masking tape and scissors. Once the building was secure the stallholders released a ‘tornado’ to see if it could withstand the force.

Other stalls sold Items including homemade bracelets and face masks. One crowd pleaser was the popular sponge throwing activity, which had principal Stuart Baker and Year 6 teacher Harry Georgiou as targets.

The primary classes developed the stalls through their Math classes, which covered students learning about topics such as costings and logos. The running of the stalls was assessed by staff and parents, according to identified criteria.

APRIM Monica Doherty said the event was a wonderful day with teachers and students inspired to action, and just over $1500 raised for Project Compassion.

Students at Loreto College Junior School also participated in a Purple Day on March 11 to kick start their fundraising for Project Compassion.

At St John the Apostle Parish School, Christies Beach students participated in a Coin Charlie fundraising event. Under the direction of APRIM Jamie Mulcahy classes competed to make the longest coin line. The simple concept proved a lot of fun, with an amazing $1507 raised for Project Compassion.

Music and dancing was the order of the day at All Saints School at Seaford which held a disco as a fundraiser, while a fun run coordinated by APRIM Ben Ryan of St Martin De Porres School, saw more than 500 students from nine schools in the southern region raising over $2300 for Project Compassion.

Tracey Tessitore, the Adelaide Archdiocese’s Caritas representative for Project Compassion, paid tribute to APRIMs for their “amazing work” in schools.

“APRIMS are the glue that joins families, students, teachers, principals, priests, parish, social justice groups and charities,” she said.

“All the while, teaching and caring for our student as individuals.”

More than 500 Year 5 and 6 students from nine southern Catholic schools came together for the annual Caritas Fun Run on March 24. The students completed either a 3km walk or a 6km run starting from Angus Neill Reserve Seacliff and looping between Brighton and Seacliff. The event gave the children the opportunity to physically challenge themselves during Lent and also allowed them to bring their Project Compassion donations together to be received by Sarah Moffatt, acting Chancellor of the Adelaide Archdiocese, on behalf of Caritas Australia. Year 10 student leaders from Sacred Heart College (pictured), youth ministers, youth leaders and the Lions Club helped with the food and cooking the barbecue.


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