Putting Others First

At St Therese’s Primary School in New Lambton, many of us have family or friends who were affected by the bushfires of 2019-2020, COVID restrictions and the associated job losses, and more recently, flooding rains.

This raised awareness in our students of the difficulties life can throw at us. Groups of senior students organised their own fundraising for issues important to them, headed up by organisations such as Guide Dogs Australia, the Cancer Council, the World Wildlife Fund, and the Bushfire Appeal.

As we entered Lent, and contemplated the sacrifices Jesus made for us, the students wanted to focus on what they could do to help others. Rather than asking for donations for our Annual Easter Raffle, we decided to use all the donations to create hampers for the John Hunter Children’s Hospital and Ronald McDonald House.

We are hopeful that this gesture will bring some joy to children hospitalised over the Easter weekend, their families and the healthcare staff who look after them.

Our school captains, Pip Allen and George Hartcher, joined me to drop off the donated eggs on behalf of the school.

“It was really amazing seeing just how happy people were to receive the eggs,” Pip said.

“I was quite happy that we decided to donate the eggs, rather than having a raffle like we normally do, as it’s an opportunity for us to make other people happy,” George said.

I am so proud of our students, as they have continued to put the needs of others first.


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