The LifeLink Office recently received this great email from Mr Graham Maher, Assistant Principal at St Jude’s Catholic Primary School.
We couldn’t wait to share this wonderful news and all the photos with you here.
Rice Day for LifeLink
The students at St Jude’s Catholic Primary School in Langford came to school with little preparation on Friday 18 August.
In fact, students didn’t even have to get dressed in the morning as they arrived to school in their pyjamas in an attempt to raise awareness of the many without food, warm clothes or a roof over their head each night in Australia and around the world.
In the lead up to this day, students loved the LifeLink activity as they worked together with the school community to produce our ‘Big Book of Love’. Further to this, students looked at the various LifeLink agencies and the work that they do in ensuring that those without, have access to food, shelter, clothing and training so that they can learn the skills necessary to find a trade which in turn helps them earn money to be able to support themselves and their families.
Students then looked at the global community and were made aware of the continuing struggle around the world for children their own age to find one bowl of rice or a slice of bread to keep them going throughout the day. Drawing upon several resources, students looked at the preferential option of the poor and were alarmed to learn that those with food in their fridge, clothes on their back, a roof over their head and a place to sleep were richer than 75% of the world. They were also shocked to learn that around 17,845 children under the age of 12 are homeless each night in Australia.
To discover just how difficult this is, once at school, students were encouraged to refrain from eating anything during the day and wait until lunch time when they were served with a bowl of rice to tie them over until they got home. Rumbling tummies made the experience very real for the students and highlighted how lucky they are knowing that there was probably going to be a nice dinner waiting for them when they got home, a heater to keep them warm at night or a comfy bed to sleep in.
Almost every student took part in the full experience from Kindy all the way up to Year 6.
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Thanks so much for sharing this with us Mr Maher and congratulations to you and all the students at St Jude’s for such a fantastic LifeLink Day initiative.