Fundraising in Term Three – Salesian Missions

This year, a Walkathon has been organised through the local streets of Chadstone, Mount Waverley and along Scotchman’s Creek trail. Not only is this an opportunity to celebrate our Salesian College community, but it is also an opportunity to raise money for our Salesian community worldwide.

This compulsory Walkathon will take place during Don Bosco’s Oratory Week on Monday 11September, between approximately 1:30pm and 3:15pm. Boys will be accompanied by teachers throughout the walk and there will be teachers allocated to checkpoints along the track. Boys are asked to wear their full College sports uniform on this day. A medical certificate will be required if your son is absent on the day.

Boys are encouraged to bring a water bottle and asthma puffer on the walk, if required.

All students have been provided with a house specific sponsorship form and are encouraged to raise as much as they can; with every $10 raised translating to 1 citizenship point towards their Salesian Award total. Our College target for 2017 is $50,000.

Receipts for donations can be requested on the donation sheet.

All money raised AND sponsorship forms are due back on Friday 8 September.

Woolworths’ Earn and Learn Program

In addition to this we are have also registered for the Woolworths’ Earn and Learn program. Please collect as many stickers as you can, starting from Monday 26 July. Staff, parents, grandparents, neighbours and friends; ask everyone you know to help us collect them.

All stickers will be redeemed for educational materials that will sent to our schools in Samoa, as part of our Don Bosco’s Oratory Week celebrations.

Stickers will be collected and counted and House points will be awarded, to contribute to the House Fundraising Cup for 2017. All stickers can be dropped off in the designated box at reception.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me via email, nknight@salesian.vic.edu.au

Background to Fundraising

All money raised will go directly towards the Salesian Missions, in particular to our brothers and sisters in Samoa, where education and technical training is a luxury, not a right for many impoverished families. Although we may perceive Samoans to enjoy a relaxed pace of life, there are many things that threaten their livelihoods, including cyclones, earthquakes and tsunamis. The aftermath of these natural disasters leave people without homes and continue to make life difficult as they struggle to rebuild their lives.

The Salesians of Don Bosco were first present in Samoa (Alafua) in 1981, when they established a technical school for young men that had not succeeded in mainstream education. Here they offer:

  • Motor mechanics
  • Welding and Metal Fabrication
  • Carpentry and Joinery
  • Plumbing and Sheet Metal work
  • Electronics and Electrical

This is complemented with education in Religious Education, Samoan, English, Mathematics, Computer Studies and Technical Drawing.

The Salesians were invited by the Archbishop of Samoa in 2006 to start a school on the ‘other’ island of Savai’i. Although Savai’i is the bigger of the two islands, it is more rural and less populated. A major need exists for secondary education on the island of Savai’I, as there are only two other secondary schools on this island (and no Catholic secondary schools). In the past, young Catholics would travel to the other island, Upolu, and live away from their family in order to get a Catholic education. This led to many difficulties for young people from Savai’i.

Please help us help our brothers in Samoa, so that may enjoy an education that will provide them with the opportunities to rebuild and sustain their lives in a meaningful way. You can do this by collecting sponsors and donations for your son’s participation in the Walkathon, contributing to casual clothes day and collecting Earn and Learn stickers from Woollies.

Mrs Nadia Knight
Assistant Principal – Faith and Mission