Senior students from our Scorpions House recently donated a a very special farewell gift to Lutheran Services, with the aim of providing support for those seeking refuge of domestic violence.
As our Year 12 students prepare to depart Faith, the word ‘legacy’ becomes increasingly prevalent in conversation.
Legacy – the idea of leaving something behind for those who come after you – provides an important way for our Seniors to reflect on the positive impact they may have on others after their time at the College has come to an end, and they step out into the future.
Each year, the Year 12 students in each of our four Houses (Redbacks, Scorpions, Stingrays and Taipans) fundraise in support of different causes, with the purpose of providing a gift that will lead to a positive impact on the broader community, and the world at large. In recent times, many cohorts have chosen to support the work of Australia Lutheran World Service (ALWS) and their ‘Gifts Of Grace’ program – contributing funding towards the provision of vital services, utilities and projects for those living below the poverty line.
This year, inspired by guest speakers and presentations experienced earlier in the year, one House turned their attention to a cause a little closer to home. With the support of Jim McDonald MP, our Year 12 Scorpions donated a very special gift to Lutheran Services, providing direct support for a project which aids those seeking refuge from domestic violence. Known as Mary and Martha’s, the project exists as a refuge for women and families to access safe, secure, short term accommodation, assistance and relief from potentially dangerous, and even life-threatening, situations.
Attending our Year 12 Farewell Day, and accepting the gift on behalf of Lutheran Services was Mrs. Shirley Klinge, who spoke about the value and relief that the items would bring to those who arrive at the refuge with very little, often facing the prospect of independently supporting young children and families.
The original idea for the gift, which took the form of supplies, consumables and items for children, was largely driven by Sahmara Francis (pictured) who has been active in the student advocacy space throughout her Senior Years at Faith, investing considerable time and energy into creating opportunities for guest speakers to visit the College and increase student awareness on a number of social justice issues both locally, and around the world.
The gifts, and the support they represent for these important social causes, are a beautiful and valuable gesture from some of our Year 12 students that will be sure to have a meaningful positive impact in the community. Great work!
If you, or someone close to you, requires support or assistance relating to domestic violence, Faith Lutheran College encourages you to reach out. Help and support is always available through White Ribbon Australia by phoning 1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732).