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Reaching out to kindy kids in Africa

Holy Cross Principal Paul Drewniak and St Mary of the Cross Principal Matt
Beacroft at Wooloowin parish’s Social Justice Night

A SOCIAL Justice Night brought together students and staff from Holy Cross School, Wooloowin, and St Mary of the Cross School, Windsor, to help African Kindergarten students.

Organised by Holy Cross Parish, Wooloowin, the night of family, food and fun raised $1000 for kindergarten-aged children suffering extreme poverty in rural Malawi in Africa.

The students and staff from both schools also created literacy resources and wrote encouraging notes which they passed on to Project Kindy, who partner with Canossian Sisters and local teachers to educate and nourish children in need and helped raise the standard of living for these children, their communities and the country.

Project Kindy president, Donna Power, a former Guidance Counsellor at Sienna Catholic College, Sippy Downs, shared insights into the life of subsistence farming families with those who attended the evening.

She gave assurances the night’s generous gifts would go a long way in Africa in the form of helping to provide food security and quality education for the children.

Donna spoke passionately about the difference the money raised would make to the 11 kindergartens Project Kindy supported.

She said $1000 was three times the size of the average wage earner in Malawi and it only took $4 a month to educate and feed a child who attended kindergarten.

She explained that the children only ever ate the same meal across the whole year for breakfast, lunch and dinner which was a combination of rice and flour milled and mixed together.

On the night, a group of talented parishioners provided delicious soups and giant loaves of Italian bread, the leftovers of which were sold off to boost the fundraising efforts.

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