So who was Edmund Rice? And why is Edmund Rice Day so important at St Joseph's? Our student leaders explain more about why Edmund's message is so important.
Dear SJC Families and Carers,
The last two years have proven what an outstanding community we have at St Joseph’s. We have met every challenge and cared deeply for one another, particularly those who have been doing it really tough. One of the most outstanding achievements of 2021 was us contributing over $40,000 to support the community of Kensekka in Uganda where illness, death and lost employment was even more significant than in Australia. Prior to the pandemic, a report found; “70% of all households (in the region) survive on less than three dollars (US) per week. Many children live alone, many orphaned as a result of HIV/AIDS. These children are left to fend for basic needs like food shelter and clothing and education”. Uganda has no social security system, (no job keeper or job seeker and for many no job!) which has made life incredibly difficult. St Joseph’s Vocational Secondary School in Kensekka was closed for many months during which students had no access to education and remote learning is not possible. Education is the only thing that can break the poverty cycle.
In the last two decades we have bought the land for the school and for the growing of food, built a dam with a pump and tank to supply clean water, built one classroom block and toilet facilities, and supported the growing of coffee to provide school income.
In 2022 the majority of the funds raised on Edmund Rice Day will be used to complete the construction of three additional classrooms to allow courses in tailoring and bricklaying to be run. Some funds will also be deployed to assist with organisations including the CARITAS appeal for Ukraine. The employment of a librarian at a school in Viqueque. Timor Leste. Locally, for Edmund Rice Camps where they create a world where children and families who have experienced trauma and adversity can thrive and belong, Samaritan House (accommodation for homeless men) and Lifeboat Geelong, who provide a pastoral support service for survivors of sexual abuse.
This year the College celebrates the feast day Edmund Rice on Friday 13 May. On that day we celebrate our identity and help those less fortunate. This year I hope that you will encourage your son’s involvement on the day and support the fundraising effort. In order to achieve this they are asking that each student contribute $30 or families with more than one student contribute $50.
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I ask all who have the capacity to help to do so because supporting those most in need is part of our history, our culture and our obligation. As Abraham Lincoln so succinctly reminds us
“When I do good. I feel good”.
I thank you and your family in anticipation of your generous support of Edmund Rice day.
Mark Kennedy - Acting Principal
Patrick F- College Captain, Arden C - College Deputy Captain & Seamus R - College Deputy Captain