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There are many ways in which we fulfil our role of being a voice of social justice in the world.
Our Social Justice group supports the good works of St. Vincent de Paul in Wagga Wagga. Regular initiatives that take place each year are the Easter Egg Raffle which raises around $1000 for Micah House. The group also support the Food and Gift appeal in Advent, aiding the local St. Vincent de Paul societies to provide for the people of need in Wagga Wagga. Leadership from our social justice group also led to our inaugural Winter Warmth Appeal which began in 2010 and is now an annual event. The Winter Warmth Appeal is one example of being authentically Christian, it demonstrates our desire for justice in the world in selfless love for others, especially the poor.
The Melbourne Street Retreat continues to grow as an important social justice experience with students keen to participate. The Street Retreat is aimed at helping the homeless and students very quickly realise how blessed they are to have food and a roof over their heads. Students help out at the Vinnies soup van, they entertain women at McAuley House (formerly known as Regina Coeli) and they visit the Olympic Village Exodus Community, assisting them with a yard clean up. Students become inspired to continue their involvement in volunteer work back in the Wagga Wagga community.
Justice Matters Camp is an initiative of the Wagga Wagga Catholic Schools Office which aims to immerse senior students and teachers in an intensive learning environment about the gospel call to live justly. Each year, students and staff attend the camp, and return to the College educating our community on the understanding of charity, advocacy and action for justice.
Each of the Houses at the College has a Catholic Mission focus day. These days raise funds that go to Catholic Mission each year to support the spiritual, pastoral care and building programs, overseas and in remote Australia. During the season of Lent the College community support the Caritas Project Compassion appeal with money being collected in Homegroup each morning.
All who struggle to find meaning in their life are challenged to recognise the extraordinary in the ordinary. We are encouraged, that whilst we may walk the incorrect routes, life’s deviations, we must never give up.