Be the change you want to see in the world

3 Oct 2013   |   Blog   |   Supporter action

Tags:  Social justice, fundraising, Syrian refugees, Prayer, school   |   2 comments

“Be the change you want to see in the world” – these were the words of the great leader Mahatma Ghandi; and this is what the students at St Kevin’s Primary School, Benowa on the Gold Coast QLD decided to do.

Shelley Camilleri, a teacher at St Kevin’s, shares with us the inspiring actions of her students.

St Kevin's students learning about the crisis in Syria

Students praying for peace

After all the recent media attention highlighting the ongoing conflict in Syria that has led to the worst humanitarian crisis in the world, our students at St Kevin’s Primary School, Benowa wanted to step up and make a difference.

Together with the student-run Social Justice Committee and teachers, our school decided to act. The idea was to run a Syrian Crisis Appeal over the last week of term to raise much needed funds to donate to Caritas to help aid and assist the Syrian refugees.

The Grade 5, 6 and 7 students of the Social Justice Committee visited classrooms promoting the appeal and sharing their knowledge of the Syrian crisis with the student body. They expressed the need and urgency to raise money to provide much needed aid to allow these refugees access to adequate basic needs. Over the week, children and staff were engaged in meaningful prayer sessions in which they prayed for peace in Syria and gave thanks for the opportunity to live in our beautiful country, free from war.

Students were also encouraged to bring in 50c or a gold coin to donate towards the appeal. The children learnt that this money is vital to helping provide the Syrian refugees with food assistance, clean drinking water, shelter, education and health care.

In only one short week, the students of St Kevin’s were able to raise $465.85. Together with money raised from our Caritas mission boxes over previous weeks, we were able to donate $1000 to the appeal; a small step, but a step none the less for our children to make a difference to those in the world who need our help the most.

Teacher and students with a donation to Caritas

I am a strong advocate and supporter of Caritas and the work they do in helping the poorest of the poor in countries all over the world. An avid traveller, I have witnessed poverty first hand and admire Caritas’ moral framework to help the poor whilst upholding the dignity of each human being.

Although we at St Kevin’s wanted to assist the emergency aid relief for Syria, we are also dedicated fundraisers to supporting Caritas’ ongoing, long term development programs that help to assist the people in these communities to break free from the cycle of poverty and live a sustainable life in which all their basic needs are met.

Like Caritas, I believe that with love and compassion, positive change IS possible.

Students from St Kevin's primary in Benowa

Shelley Camilleri is a Prep Teacher at St Kevin’s Primary School, Benowa. She is currently on an immersion trip in Nepal visiting and learning more about Caritas programs.

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  • Dannie Camilleri

    “We have never been more proud of our daughter Shelley. You are without doubt one of the most caring and lovable person we know. Your kindness to others is inspiring. Your Grandfathers would be so proud of your accomplishments. Love you heaps, as do your class pupils.”

  • Kiara Morgan

    “I was a student of Miss Camilleri's in 2009 and she was a great teacher”