St Aidan’s Catholic Primary Maroubra Junction will give the funds they have raised through the school’s annual mission day to help resettle Syrian refugees in Australia.
The event was held on November 13, with the more than $3,600 raised donated to aid the St Vincent De Paul Society’s Syrian Refugee Appeal to fund the organisation’s refugee support services. The Australian government announced in September that it would accept 12,000 refugees affected by conflict in Syria and Iraq, some before Christmas.
Students, teachers and staff ran a cupcake decorating competition and stall along with food, basketball, a chocolate wheel and trash and treasure stalls. Students in Year 6 also gave their time during lunch breaks in Term 4 to make Christmas decorations to sell on the day for up to $2 each.
“Mission Day is always a special day for St Aidan’s and the children and community are extremely supportive,” principal Leonie Palmer said.
“Through Mission Day we hope to instill an awareness that we need to help others, and hopefully we can make a difference for those in need.”