We are off to a great start in Social Justice for 2017 – in the true spirit of freedom, ‘being free from, to be free to’ we had an excellent turn out for our initial Green team and JPIC meeting for the year! A room full of enthusiasm and beaming with anticipation was truly a great way to start our year.
Our team has had some re-shuffling: Ms Timmins is the Social Justice Coordinator and Mrs Cranfield is the Ecology Coordinator. The three of us will be working closely together to facilitate all social justice projects.
Our major projects and important dates this term are:
|Monday 13 February:||Anniversary of the Apology to the Stolen Generation|
|Monday 20 February:||UN Day of World Social Justice|
|Wednesday 22 February:||Launching Project Compassion. We have been collaborating with Maddison Maguire, our Creative Arts Captain, to organise some exciting displays.|
|Wednesday 8 March:||International Women’s Day – during Supergirl week (Wk. 6)|
|Tuesday 21 March:||Harmony Day and Close the Gap Day|
We have plenty more exciting announcements in store – so stay tuned!
|Green Team:||Day 3 @ 2nd half lunch in 1.02 GBC|
|JPIC:||Day 8 @ 2nd half lunch in 1.02 GBC|
Please come along – it’s not too late to join! Would love to have as many of you as possible there to share in this wonderful year ahead!
Enjoy your weekend.
Social Justice Captain
World Day of Prayer, Reflection and Action Against Human Trafficking
Pope Francis designated 8th February, the feast of St Josephine Bakhita, as the World Day of Prayer, Reflection and Action Against Human Trafficking following a request from Talitha Kum, the worldwide Network of Consecrated Life Against Human Trafficking.
Josephine Bakhita was born in Southern Sudan in 1869, and during her life experienced kidnapping and slavery in both Sudan and Italy. After gaining her freedom Josephine Bakhita dedicated her life to sharing her story and to supporting the poor and suffering. She eventually became a Canossian Sister and was canonised in 2000.
Like Josephine Bakhita, millions of children are trafficked into domestic servitude every year. They are also trafficked for sexual exploitation, pornography production, forced marriage, illegal adoption, forced labour, and to become child soldiers.
Talitha Kum has declared the theme of this year’s feast day celebrations, which are likely to be celebrated at Masses on the weekend of February 11 and 12: They are children! Not slaves!
This week join ACRATH (Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans) and the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference on this day of prayer, reflection and action.
Find out more about the campaign here.
ACRATH has developed the following resources for Parishes and School communities and these are available on the ACRATH website.
CAMBODIA IMMERSION CHALLENGE FOR STUDENTS & PARENTS
Another proud tradition amongst students and parents at Loreto Normanhurst is participation in the annual PROJECT FUTURES Cambodia Cycle Challenge.
Founded by Stephanie Lorenzo, an ex-student of Loreto Normanhurst, for over eight years PROJECT FUTURES has created meaningful experiences that raise funds, educate and empower the next generation to take action on the issue of human trafficking and slavery.
Since 2012, this adventure has been engaging and inspiring students at Loreto Normanhurst; strengthening bonds between parents and their children and creating life-changing experiences for all involved, but most importantly helping prevent, support and empower victims, survivors and those at risk of exploitation in the Asia-Pacific region.
You and your daughter will cycle off the beaten track, blaze your way through the glories of Angkor Wat, peddle alongside the Mekong River, pass through stunning villages and visit two projects supported by PROJECT FUTURES.
This truly was a trip of a lifetime. I watched my daughter blossom and mature before my eyes, grounded by the experience in ways neither of us had anticipated. I highly recommend this trip to anyone. Remarkable.
Mother, July 2016 Cycle Challenge
The School Cycle Challenge is designed for students (recommended Years 9-11) and a parent or guardian. This trip is an authorised Duke of Edinburgh ‘Adventurous Journey’ and the fundraising aspect also ticks the ‘Service’ element of the Silver Award.