Year 10 student uses social media for social justice

29 Jun 2015   |   Blog   |   Project Compassion   |   Supporter action

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The Made by Grace team at a stall

Grace Cooney, a Year 10 student at Lourdes Hill College in Brisbane, is an entrepreneur with a strong social conscience. Inspired by the stories of transformation in this year's Project Compassion, Grace decided to use social media tools to promote her jewellery-making business and raise awareness of global issues.

By Susan Bentley, Caritas Global Education Advisor (QLD)

Grace launched the sale of her jewellery via her website and Instagram, and was very grateful for support from her family and friends. It was this gratitude that prompted Grace to think globally and reflect on how she could use her creative talents to support others in need.

Grace decided to sell her jewellery at school during Project Compassion and donated about half of her earnings to Caritas Australia.

“It’s not all about me,” Grace reflected. "The poor “need it more than we do. Why wouldn’t I give?”

Grace not only made the jewellery, she also did her own advertising and processed all the orders.

Grace commented that each year the whole college gets behind Project Compassion - a 'full school approach' - and that this commitment had deepened her learning experience about global issues and inspired her to be an advocate for justice and compassion.

Congratulations and thank you Grace!

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