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The Southern Cross : March 2012
The Southern Cross Page 20 March 2012 www.thesoutherncross.org.au | schools A small Catholic school in Adelaide's northern suburbs has made a huge effort in helping hundreds of families in drought- stricken East Africa. St Mary Magdalene's School (R-7), in Elizabeth Grove, raised more than $2800 late last year, doubled by a Federal Government initiative to almost $6000. The money raised by the school of 163 students could supply a month of clean drinking water to more than 170 families in Somalia. "After learning about the devastating drought crisis in East Africa through Caritas, SchoolAid, teachers and the media, staff and students from St Mary Magdalene's School decided to do something to help," said principal Trish Jones. The drought across the Horn of Africa became the social justice focus of the school's Mercy Day last year and in September, students, staff and family members came out to support a School Walk-a-thon at Ridley Reserve, in Elizabeth. Ms Jones says it was the largest amount the school had ever raised for those in need and the community was very proud of its efforts. "I wanted to help out the needy people," says Year 5 student Helena. "One night lots of my family and friends were gathered and I asked them to sponsor me. They said yes and that's how I raised so much money. It was a great day and I will be happy to do something like this again." The Caritas East Africa Appeal raised $1.3 million in Australia during October and November last year and was doubled to $3.7 million by the government. Severe drought across the Horn of Africa has left more than 13 million people in urgent need of food, water and basic facilities. Please donate and help continue providing humanitarian aid to the people of East Africa by visiting www.caritas.org.au. Adelaide-based Christian Brothers College has won the annual interschool blood donation competition for the fifth year in a row -- effectively helping more than 2000 people since 2007. The challenge is run by the Red Cross to encourage senior students to donate blood and help the blood service carry on its life-saving work. The interschool competition creates a healthy sense of rivalry amongst the many schools that participate but more importantly the impact one blood donation can have on the lives of others really resonates with students. Last year the CBC school community donated blood more than 161 times -- more donations than 50 other schools in the region. With each donation saving three lives, CBC helped more than 480 people in need. And it also means CBC remains undefeated in the Central Division of the Schools Challenge for the fifth year in a row. Since the School Challenge begun in 2007, CBC has made over 669 donations, saving the lives of over 2,000 people. Blood Service spokeswoman Emma Schreiber thanked the school for helping to save the lives of patients in need of blood. "These young donors are only 16 and 17 but their generosity and community spirit make a life-saving difference to blood recipients from all over the country," Ms Schreiber said. "By taking an hour to give blood, these students will help to ensure Australia can continue to collect the 27,000 blood donations needed every week." A total of 126 South Australian schools gave blood a combined 3000 times during the challenge, saving the lives of more than 9000 people. The Schools Challenge is running again this year and will conclude in November 2012. To register your interest contact Emma Schreiber on (08) 8412 6602 or email eschreiber@ redcrossblood.org.au. STACKS OF HELP: Tenison Woods College students Austin Fatchen, 5, and Addison Sims, 5, helped cook up a stack of pancakes as part of Shrove Tuesday celebrations. Mt Gambier's budding chefs joined thousands of individuals, schools, community and business groups nationwide as they flipped pancakes for worthwhile fundraising initiatives. Taking turns at pouring, flipping and serving pancakes, students across the State have used the annual event on the Christian calendar to raise money for Caritas, Australia's Project Compassion Appeal which was launched nationally on February 21. Shrove Tuesday is the day Christians traditionally ate pancakes to use up all their fat and eggs before the 40 days of Lent. Photos: Nethanel Sutton Small feet making big footprints BLOOD LINES: Emma Schreiber, from the Red Cross, presenting the Schools Challenge Award 2011 to CBC College Captain Jake Tollenaar. CBC: It's in their blood