Slum City

10/04/2017

Slum City was another awesome success this year. Approximately 80 students took part in Garin‘s take of the Caritas Challenge‘, where students sleep in cardboard boxes for the night in an attempt to understand what life is like for many around the globe, and raise funds for those in need. This year, the funds raised went to Kiribati, which is an island nation in the Pacific. The majority of the land in Kiribati is less than a metre above sea level, and as a result, rising tides caused by climate change are affecting crops, drinking water, in addition to forcing residents to leave their homes and relocate in other countries. Students participated in various service activities, such as weeding around the school and making Jam and jam labels to sell at Mass. Mass was celebrated by Fr Seph, and was really well-attended by the hostel and wider community. Some students fasted, games were played, and everybody learnt a lot and really enjoyed the experience. Everybody got stuck into making their cardboard homes with some very creative designs. The next morning, we had a pancake breakfast dubbed the ‗First Breakfast‘ (as opposed to the Last Supper) A total of $2000 dollars was raised for the people of Kiribati, so many thanks to the Justice & Ministry team who organised it, all students who were involved and teachers and the wider community for supporting the students to raise funds for those who really need it!