Students at St Joseph’s Primary School in Cobram have been out and about trying to change the world, one small step at a time.
The school held its Caritas Ks walk on March 26 as part of its fundraising effort to support Caritas Australia and its Project Compassion campaign.
The theme for 2018 is ‘a just future’.
Being the year of youth, St Joseph’s felt a ‘just future’ started with its young people setting an example and trying to understand and show compassion for those less fortunate.
The grade 3 to 6 students and teachers walked to Thompsons Beach, where they collected water in buckets before heading back to school to join the Foundation to Grade 2 students in a lap around the walking track.
The students’ walk to the river is symbolic.
Children and adults in many parts of the world have to walk long distances to source water because they do not have access to running water in their homes and schools.
St Joseph’s teacher Carmel Natale said the walk served many learning purposes for the eager children.
‘‘The message we wanted to get across to the students is to not only appreciate the resources we have in Australia, but to be sustainable in the way we use them and look after them for the future,’’ she said.
‘‘At the same time, the school hopes that our fundraising efforts will help to provide a just future with opportunity for vulnerable communities both within Australia and overseas to learn and be educated, to find safe refuge and to be empowered.’’
In a nod to the school’s sustainability practices, the water collected was used on its new vegetable gardens.