Loreto Day 2016 – Friday, 3 June
‘Let’s talk about…..’
Information on the Loreto Day cause was shared with each House in the ‘Let’s talk about…’ sessions which occurred on Monday during Tutor Group time.
This week we have focused more on the HIV/AIDS side of our cause
- More than one million adults and children die every year from HIV/AIDs in Africa alone
- Because of HIV/AIDs, the average life-expectancy in Kenya is only 55- just think about this, Australia’s life expectancy in 85 meaning that those living in Kenya and those who contract the virus live 30 years less than ours
- Every day around 6, 000 people contract HIV/AIDs- think about this, that’s 6x times the amount of girls including teachers here at Loreto Normanhurst who would contract HIV/AIDS every day.
- That equals to more than 230 people every hour- that’s more than everyone sitting here in this room and it’s only per hour .
- Around 39 million people have died from AIDs-related causes- Australia’s population is 24 million- that’s more than the whole of Australia
What is HIV/AIDS?
- HIV is a virus that infects cells of the immune system, destroying or impairing their function thus leaves the victim’s body unable to fight off infection. The most advanced stage of HIV infection is AIDS. It can take 10-15 years for an HIV-infected person to develop AIDS. HIV is transmitted through contact with bodily fluids such as tears, blood breast milk. Currently there is no cure, therefore a lifelong disease but with antiretroviral treatment and medical care, HIV can be controlled.
- Poorer countries such as Africa, HIV/AIDS is a serious epidemic with African victims accounting for 71% of those affected worldwide. Particularly in poorer communities, the disease remains untreated due to the lack of access to medical care. It is often passed down from the mother to the child leaving them to live with HIV/AIDS for the rest of their life…..if they are lucky! More needs to be done in order to assist and educate these people and children.
As you can see this is a serious issue and Nyumbani help to give those with HIV/AIDS medical treatment while giving those with AIDS a sense of community.
Loreto cares and by everyone getting involved and buying badges we are raising money to help these people with the virus and give them another chance of living a better life by having a community, medical help and a new family.
Let’s see which Tutor Group will best support this cause wholeheartedly by buying and wearing badges! In the last week we will have a photo competition of the Tutor Group with the most badges. More information about this later……but in the meantime….get behind the cause and support it by buying a badge today!
The Concert Team has been absolutely flooded with auditions for our Loreto Day concert. We initially planned to get through all auditions on Tuesday and Wednesday, but soon realised due to the very popular demand, we had to increase our audition times to every lunch this week. This speaks of the amazing talent in our school which needs to be showcased. This year’s concert promise to be a wonderful variety concert full of fun, variety and musical talent.
The Finance Team has been diligently busy counting all money from the first two badges and getting all the raffle tickets sorted which were handed out to all students this week. They appeal to all the girls to bring in the $15 for the Loreto Day lunch and concert and aim to sell the raffle tickets as quick as possible.
Attached is a letter providing some information about the 2016 Loreto Day Cause and calling for any parents associated with a business/organisation who would be willing to donate items for our silent auction.
During the past couple of weeks, Loreto students have been asked to have a look at home for any items they can donate to the auction. The silent auction is a wonderful feature of Loreto Day and is always very successful in raising money for the selected cause. Any support from the parents of our Loreto community would be greatly appreciated.