'Mission Action Day' Walkathon

 St James College  9.00am - 11.30am

'Mission Action Day' Walkathon

 St James College  9.00am - 11.30am

St James College is conducting its annual Mission Action Day Walkathon on Friday 18 August, 2017. Students and staff are raising funds for La Salle Technical College (LTC) in Hohola, Papua New Guinea.

LTC is an educational facility for young people who would not otherwise receive a secondary education. The Centre provides an opportunity for young people, who fail to be accepted into government secondary educational institutions, to continue with their education and to assist themselves to break the cycle of poverty and unemployment in Port Moresby. LTC is run by the De La Salle Brothers, without support from the Papua New Guinean Government.

Over many years, the St James College Walkathon has raised more than $250,000 for LTC. In recent years, this money has been used to fund the improvement and maintenance of various learning and sporting facilities, as well as purchase a vehicle to provide school transport for students who would otherwise walk long distances. In 2017, our target is to raise at least $15,000 to be forwarded to LTC. A small amount of the money raised will be used to send two teachers from St James College to Hohola to mentor teachers in classes at LTC, provide professional development activities for the staff (many of whom are not qualified teachers), and to strengthen connections with the College community.

The Mission Action Day Walkathon is an event in which all students are expected to take part as it is the major St James College Social Justice activity. All students are asked to make a minimum contribution of $30 from sponsors. Even if a student is unwell on the day or is unable to walk, all students are expected to raise their contribution. Any student who does not attend the day is required to provide a medical certificate to explain their absence.

The Walkathon will take place on the Friday 18 August, and will involve students walking a 10km circuit through Bentleigh East, and returning to St James College. Prior to the day, students will have the opportunity to purchase a Walkathon wristband for $5. Students wearing wristbands may wear appropriate casual dress on the day as well as have their lunch provided by the Student Representative Council. Students who do not wish to purchase a wristband may bring a gold coin donation for casual dress or they must wear their College sports uniform. Students will be dismissed by 12.00pm, or upon completion of the Walkathon, with College buses departing at 12.30pm.

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