Last term our Year 8 and 9 students had a session with representatives from the Salvation Army and Still Waters Woman’s refuge. During that session our students unpacked 'Who are the Homeless?’ and discussed contributions to homelessness in our society. They also had the opportunity to examine the issue in relation to domestic and family violence.
Our students engaged in discussions on who can help and what such help would look like. They also learned about the role of organisations such as Still Waters. While the goal was to develop understanding and skills, from this session our students were also inspired to take action. A large donation box was designed by our IMPACT Committee and centrally placed in the Senior School Hub. Over the course of a 6 weeks our students and College families generously donated much needed items for Still Waters.
The very large box was full and over flowing, but more was needed. Under the guidance of Mrs Foster, Franklin House were keen to involve and generously donated $1000 in funds, raised from their Purple Faces night, held at the end of last term. To the shops we headed! We purchased further items including much needed night wear, under wear, towels and personal items to name a few.
On Monday our Impact Captains (Emily Zhao and Simran Pasricha) and Franklin House Captains (Oliver Thew and Shona Jackson) presented our donations to Rowan Johnstone, Fundraising & Public Relations Manager for the Salvation Army and to Mona Strand who is the Team Leader at Still Waters Crises & Supported Accommodation Service. Both were thrilled and enormously grateful. They were humbled by the generosity of our College community and acknowledged the immediate impact our donations will have.
Our thanks to Emily and Simran who carefully packed all the donated items for transport to Still Waters and to Mrs Foster and Franklin House for their generous support of this worthy project. Also, I sincerely thank our College Community who have given so generously.
Franklin House will continue to develop a close relationship with Still Waters looking for opportunities to work together in raising awareness of important issues such as domestic violence and to providing ongoing support to the crisis shelter. Moving forward we are also looking to provide some genuine service opportunities at the refuge whether this be through gardening or domestic support.
In 2017 Franklin House and the IMPACT Committee will coordinate another drive for much needed items as we seek to support those who indeed need a helping hand
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