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27 Mar 2013   |   Blog   |   Project Compassion   |   Supporter action

Tags:  Social justice, fundraising, Project Compassion 2013, school   |   3 comments

What do Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa, Lady Gaga, Julie Andrews, Plain White T’s, McFly and the Wiggles all have to do with Caritas and Project Compassion? If you have no idea who these people are – maybe it’s time to go to school.

That’s what Siew and Lilian from our Communications team did last week, when they visited St Scholastica’s College for the Project Compassion song competition.

Students from St Scholastica's College Glebe Point sing their Project Compassion song

The staff and students from St Scholastica’s College in Glebe Point, Sydney have put their creative hats on to weave Project Compassion activities throughout their school this year. They’ve developed their own Project Compassion fundraising jigsaw puzzle, held a teacher’s baby photo guessing competition and even created Project Compassion songs!

To encourage the students to really engage with the themes and featured stories of Project Compassion, Luke Tobin, the school’s Project Compassion co-ordinator, came up with the innovative idea of holding a song competition. Students were encouraged to learn more about the featured stories of Project Compassion and write lyrics based on the stories and themes.

We were invited to the school on Friday to watch and judge the performances, and we were blown away by the talent and enthusiasm we saw.

Luke Tobin St Scholastica's Project Compassion Coordinator

We saw performances by staff and students who had taken songs and rewritten the lyrics to be about Caritas, Project Compassion, Ditosa, and the other featured stories. The song choices varied greatly, and ranged from songs by Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa, and Lady Gaga, to songs by the Plain White T’s, McFly, and then even songs by the Wiggles and from the Sound of Music.

We had a lot of fun watching the talented performances, but we were then given the challenging task of picking a winner.

It was a tough call, as all the performances were great and everyone involved clearly had such a dedication to Project Compassion and helping the world’s poor. But in the end, the prize (which was appropriately a block of FairTrade chocolate) was given to the performance which we felt had the best lyrics and really communicated the Project Compassion messages:

Winners of the Project Compassion song competition perform

(to the tune of ‘Hey there Delilah’ by the Plain White T’s)


Hey there Ditosa, what’s it like in Mozambique
You’re 2 k’s away from water
And your life is so much harder without support
And now your grandma cares for you
Your sister too


Oh, how can we help you,
And the community too.
Oh how can we help you,
To be somebody new.

We would like to say a big thank you to the staff and students at St Scholastica’s College for their great work and support of Project Compassion. We’re very impressed by your creativity, talent and dedication.

To finish off, here’s a sample of one of the performances from the day by Luke Tobin himself, with a little bit of help from the students:

(to the tune of ‘Young and wild and free’ by Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa)


So what we help out
So what we make peace
We want the world, to be free.
So what, we help out,
Giving to charity
And we’re helping those in need

What creative ideas have you had to fundraise and raise awareness of Project Compassion? We would love to hear about them – send them through via email to or post a comment on our blog or Facebook page.

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