An online colleague, Rox Cossico, who has connected his class with our classes on a number of occasions, read a recent post on our school blog re the drive for toothbrushes, toothpaste and soaps and made a comment thanking us all. He has since sent this message in an email:
Thank you to all your faculty, students and parents for helping our country. We appreciate it very much. Millions more are livng in miserable situation. A month after the typhoon most foreign workers who came to our rescue have already left. Our very own government does not have enough resources to help our own people so whatever it is that you give save lives on a day to day basis. Thank you so much. We cannnot repay you for your help. The only thing Filipinos have in abundance right now is our talent to express our thanks. I'msharing you several videos to show our appreciation.
Each year, year 12 students in our shire have the opportunity to experience an Alternative Schoolies Program as they finish their final exams. They can choose to go to the Philippines with Moyne Shire Youth Development, Geraldine Edar-Ralph who was Philippine born and now married to our assistant Principal. See Geraldine takes a team back home to help
After making contact with friends in Philippines affected by the typhoon, the message came back basic necessities as toothpaste, tooth brushes and soap were in high need. Our students, staff and general community have been encouraged to donate these packaged items over the last 3 days. They are placed in a box, will be collected and then taken by the Alternative Schoolies to the Phillipines when they fly out on Friday. Red Cross has given them a clearance to travel the 18 hour bus trip to the affected areas, hand out the items and help out where possible.
What a wonderful opportunity to show empathy to our Asian neighbours and for our local young people to be able to physically see the area their goods will go to. Thanks to
- Geraldine for making this possible.
- those young people from our shire who take on this community service rather than attend many of the party type Schoolies activities.
- to our community for donating these necessary items