Community Action Team cares

A New South Wales, Griffith secondary school has today been announced as the recipient of the 2016 Connections UnitingCare Anti-Poverty School Award for the student’s work in the local community and will receive a grant of $2500.

Under the guidance of Pastoral Care Worker, Sue Hone, Marian Catholic College’s Community Action Team is a student-led group who work together to reduce the inequalities and injustices identified in their community.

The team has successfully completed a number of activities which have provided either practical support or financial assistance, increasing the social and emotional wellbeing of those directly impacted.  

The team recently facilitated an activity to compile kits, which contained the basic personal hygiene items required by those who are homeless or at risk of being homeless.  

The “I Care Kits” will be distributed to homeless people, displaced people or those in the local community experiencing hardship or financial distress.

“As the name suggests, the kits symbolise that someone does care and each kit made includes a personal message of support written by the students,” said Ms Hone.

“Students have found the experience of being part of this team to be extremely rewarding and now have a better understanding and awareness of the community they live in. They have the confidence to identify issues, plan a course of action and implement a program or activity to reduce the impact of poverty,” said Ms Hone.

Connections UnitingCare Chief Executive Officer, Angela Forbes said the Awards presented a great opportunity to acknowledge the work of schools across the country, which often goes unnoticed.

“I am amazed each year at the creative and sophisticated ways that schools are engaging with the communities affected by poverty and extreme disadvantage and exposing their students to this,” Ms Forbes said.   

“These remarkable young people know that genuine investment in an individual is worthwhile, just as Connections knows that honouring their work and contributing positively for better outcomes for the families with whom we work, is the greatest gift we can give to ourselves as well as to others,” said Ms Forbes.  

Laura Vardanega, a representative from Marian Catholic College was in attendance to accept the award at the official ceremony held on Friday 21 October at Deakin Edge, Federation Square in Melbourne.

To read Marian Catholic College's full Anti-Poverty Awards application, click here.