Students hungry to serve
Arden students raised $13,000 for World Vision’s 40 Hour Famine in 2016. The fundraising was encouraged by Arden’s Social Justice Group (SJG) which helped mobilise an impressive 55 students to personally participate in the 40 Hour Famine as well as coordinating a bake stall. A delighted Mrs Karen Moss, Arden’s Social Justice Group Coordinator, shared: “I was very impressed by the generous spirit of those involved and their commitment to actively work towards making change in the lives of people less fortunate than ourselves.”
Mrs Moss continued: “Arden’s SJG is a team of 45 servant hearted globally minded students who believe that they can make change. Central to SJG is the motto of ‘Change through education and awareness, leading to community and individual action’. Thus raising awareness and having an understanding of why we are going to act is important before we actually participate in the activity which will do good. Leading by example is also important (in this case Arden students were encouraged to sign up to raise funds for the 40 Hour Famine as part of the Arden team)”.
In August 55 Arden students from Year 7 – Year 12 participated in the 40 Hour Famine. One child raised sponsorship over $1,000, another raised $800, the average amount raised was $200. Students were encouraged to join the Arden team, not only to raise much needed funds, but also so that they could experience first-hand what it is like to feel hunger. Mrs Moss commented: “I was very impressed that a large proportion of this year’s participants chose to make the personal sacrifice of going without food. I felt this demonstrated their desire to empathise and more deeply understand the plight of people who experience famine on a daily basis. So the famine became not only a fundraising experience, but a much deeper experiential learning adventure.”
Apart from their individual efforts, the SJG also organised the ‘Bake and Buy for Bangladesh’ sale where $739 was raised by Secondary School students through the efforts of a wide range of students.