The Rana Plaza building in Bangladesh collapsed on 24 April 2013 killing 1,134 workers who formed part of the supply chain for “fast fashion”. It was a heartbreaking reminder of the human cost of cheap labour satiating the demand for more clothes.
CatholicCare Director Gary Christensen acted quickly in 2018 when the Principal of St Mary’s Catholic College, Gateshead, Larry Keating, identified a student cohort disconnecting from school. It was a result of a range of reasons including social disadvantage, mental health and behavioural problems, and the St Mary’s counsellors and learning support staff were at capacity.
The ban on mass gatherings has forced the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle to assess its Mass-centricity. Coronavirus is a pandemic for the ages, pushing pastoral prerogatives to the forefront, and the movement of people to “modern” digital communication allows parishes to revert to being the “communities of old”.
Food for the marginalised provides nourishment to the souls of the givers is the takeaway for St Francis Xavier’s College, Hamilton as it continues its decade-long association with the Development and Relief Activities (DARA) van.