Busking for Caritas

18 Jun 2015   |   Caritas in the news   |   Supporter action

The busking kids

"When I saw the Food for Life video, I thought that if we started at school, we could make a change."

By Katie Bevan and Grace Carter
This article appeared in the Newcastle Herald, 18 June 2015.

As part of their Project Compassion fundraising this year, St Paul’s Primary endeavoured to raise money to support families in other countries, particularly those affected by poverty, famine and war.

An enterprising St Paul’s year 5 student, Michael Sansom, decided to make his own contributions in the spirit of Caritas. “When I saw the Food for Life video, I thought that if we started at school, we could make a change,” Michael said.

Michael started to busk impromptu jam sessions out the front of the school canteen. Children that had received their change from their lunch money were generously filling the large Caritas box with their coins while Michael played AC/DC and Metallica songs.

He was soon joined by Tahneisha Walls, Paige Ycas and Alannah Horne. “I was inspired after watching videos in class and wanted to help Caritas raise money to help the poor,” Alannah said.

This ensemble raised $28 on their first day and went on to further raise almost $50 within two weeks.

Thank you to these creative and industrious young musicians. You can donate to Project Compassion by June 30 at our website or by phoning 1800 024 413.


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