Students walk for charity
MARY MacKillop Catholic Regional College held its 19th walkathon last Tuesday, August 8, with the whole school walking along the Great Southern Rail Trail from Koonwarra to Leongatha.
The walkathon is a great tradition of the college and is usually held on August 8 each year to coincide with the Feast day of Mary of the Cross MacKillop.
“It is a learning exercise for students and we all show support by walking in solidarity,” college principal David Leslie said.
“This year we are aiming to raise $20,000. We have raised $248,000 over the 19 years it has been running.”
The money raised by the walkathon is distributed directly to local, national and international charities chosen by the school’s student social justice team.
This year seven charities will benefit from the school’s fundraising.
Inspire Malawi will receive $6000 to assist in building new classrooms in Lilongewe, Malawi.
The school will donate $4000 to Joseph’s Corner, which provides free support for families, friends and carers of those dealing with drug and alcohol addictions.
Transform the Nations will receive $3000 to provide equipment, land and buildings for children in sexual slavery in Nepal, India and Myanmar.
The Vanderland family of Leongatha will received $3000 to help their son Elliot be treated for Dyskeratosis Congenita and Aplastic Anaemia.
Lanpra Hostel, which supports the education of poor tribal children who come in from their homes up to 60 kilometres from Alikadam, Bangladesh, to be educated, will receive $2000.
Gippsland based charity Trinity Families Foundation will receive $1000 and the Mary MacKillop Foundation will receive $1000 to support the work of the Josephite Sisters.
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