A group of 13 students participated in the Caritas ‘Live It’ Challenge on Friday, 11th of May. They braved the rain and stayed over in the Technology Block in cardboard boxes to stand up in solidarity for those who are poor and vulnerable. The focus for this year’s challenge was on the women of Timor-Leste and the funds were being raised to help them sell their products at the local co-operative. Thereby empowering them and giving them more choices.
During the evening there was a liturgy and reflection based on the idea of the ascension and the photo that Father Gerard had discussed at Wednesday Mass, where Jesus had left his sandals behind during the Ascension. We are called to take up these sandals by using our actions and words to bring about justice and peace for all.
Over $550 was raised for Caritas.
Reflection by Student Leader of Special Character – McKenzie Frear (Yr. 13)
“The Caritas ‘Live It’ Challenge was an eye opening experience that I won’t forget. Seeing how life is for many people living with injustice in Timor Leste.
Spending a night in cardboard boxes and having a just a bowl of rice to eat, helped us all to understand what it’s really like to be living in poverty. While doing this we were able to raise money for the woman in Timor Leste.
The whole challenge was a huge success and we all now have more of an understanding of how injustice has an effect on the world”.