10 Dec 2013 | Blog | Supporter action
Ellie Sanghera is a Year 9 student at Corpus Christi College in Bateman, WA. Early in 2013 at her local parish Mass, Ellie heard Caritas volunteer, Marie Maunick speaking about the work of Caritas Australia. For Ellie, this was a turning point that lead her to complete an inspiring and creative personal project.
By Moira Staunton, Global Education Advisor, WA and NT, Caritas Australia
As part of their project, Year 9 students at Corpus Christi College were required to plan an event or construct something in such a way that it incorporated many of the skills and knowledge that they had acquired since beginning their secondary education.
In the past Ellie had fundraised for a hospice in England and Marie’s talk reminded her of that experience. She decided to use her knowledge and skills in a new way to fundraise for Caritas Australia.
In planning her project, Ellie considered how to involve other students, family and friends to support her efforts and to develop their own awareness of Caritas Australia’s work.
'Being More' for others
Ellie’s efforts raised an amazing $766. She engaged her friends from school, including Tafadzwa Munyorobi (pictured with Ellie) and her parish youth group in helping her to run a raffle and stall at her church, St Thomas More.
The stall was enthusiastically supported by parishioners who were delighted to see a young person engaged in ‘being more’ for others. In addition, Ellie did a sponsored walk which contributed substantially to the funds raised.
An Inspirational Effort
At a Year 9 assembly, Ellie’s project was commended by Mr Lennon Rego, Xavier House Coordinator, for its creativity, organisation and focus on the needs of others. He reminded the students of their generous and enthusiastic involvement in ‘Chickytas’ during Project Compassion at the beginning of the year and encouraged them to use academic and other opportunities to explore the college values of justice and service to others as Ellie had done with her project.
After the assembly, Ellie showed me her visual diary of her project. From her photos and written reports of her activities it is obvious that Ellie inspired many of her family members, school friends and members of her parish.
Ellie’s actions and those of her many supporters give concrete expression to Pope Francis’s appeal for people to “Be men and women with others and for others, real champions in the service of others”.
Thank you, from all at Caritas Australia.
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