St Mary's students raise funds in Beaudesert for Project Compassion

COMPASSION: St Mary's school youth ministry leaders Tahleah Bonke-Greenhill and Liam Ahern presented a certificate to Caritas Australia. Photo: Larraine Sathicq
COMPASSION: St Mary's school youth ministry leaders Tahleah Bonke-Greenhill and Liam Ahern presented a certificate to Caritas Australia. Photo: Larraine Sathicq

STUDENTS from St Mary's Catholic Primary School in Beaudesert yesterday presented a certificate of funds raised to Caritas Australia at a whole-school assembly.

Principal Kevin Billion said he was proud of the students for their efforts as part of the Give Lent 100 Per Cent program, during which the school was able to raise $1181.35 for Project Compassion to help children in third world countries.

"St Mary's values of excellence, integrity, justice and hope shine through in our children each term as they complete different projects," he said.

"The Caritas project was about teaching children to be people of hope in our world."

The students raised the funds in first term with a free dress event for Harmony Day, recycling drink containers, a second hand book stall and classroom donation boxes.

Year three students added to the kitty by creating their Little Book of Prayers, which they sold to raise funds.

AWARD: Tomos Hanson, seen here with his proud mum Llinos, was recognised for his leadership attributes with a McCauley service award.

AWARD: Tomos Hanson, seen here with his proud mum Llinos, was recognised for his leadership attributes with a McCauley service award.

The school's youth ministry leaders Tahleah Bonke-Greenhill and Liam Ahern presented the certificate to Caritas Justice Educator Kerry Drysdale.

Mr Drysdale thanked the children for their efforts and assured them that 90 cents in every dollar would go towards helping children less fortunate than them.

"I always love coming to St Mary's," he said. "My grandfather went to this school about 1901."

The assembled children also congratulated students who received awards on the day, including young Tomos Hanson who earned a service award.