As Mary MacKillop reminds us, “Never see a need without doing something about it”. The Mater Dei College Community seeks to place value around this philosophy in a deliberate way through the Social Action Group.
The role of the Social Action Group is to give students the opportunity to reach out and help people in need by supporting Catholic organisations who fufill this role in the community. This support principally comes in the form of fundraising.
In Term One, the focus is on supporting Project Compassion during Lent by conducting a Face Painting Stall on Foundation Day.
In Terms Two and Three, we turn our attention to supporting the St Vincent De Paul Society by running a Sausage Sizzle during the House Athletics Carnival and a Homeroom Gold Coin Donation Drive.
In Term 3, students from Years 9-12 take part in The Winter Sleepout, completing a workshop before sleeping overnight in the school corridors to better understand the plight of the homeless. A minimum of $50.00 per student is raised in order to participate.
Throughout Term 4 The Social Action Group Coordinates the St Vincent De Paul Christmas Hamper Appeal where they sort and wrap hampers and gift vouchers donated by each Homeroom to pass on to St Vincent De Paul and other local charities connected with the College Community.
Belonging to the Social Action Group ensures that students not only demonstrate compassion for those less fortunate than themselves, but also provides an excellent opportunity for personal growth. It is a fantastic way for students to become proactive leaders in their own community and foster a culture of service of others.