The College started Community Day by celebrating Mass with Fr Tom Stevens and focussed on our social justice focus for this term – human trafficking. The students then had morning tea together which consisted of food items from around the world.
We had the privilege of hearing a presentation from Sr Lynne Crilly, an active member of ACRATH (Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans). She spoke of the concerns here in Australia around modern slavery, forced marriages and human trafficking. She addressed the College community about how they can help the real issue that exists in Australia.
Here are some tips for any community member;
- Report any suspicious activity or people that may seem to be involved in human trafficking.
- Email the website link to all your friends, family, co-workers. https://acrath.org.au/
- Write a letter to your local Mayor/ State Premier asking him/her to involve your city in the fight to end slavery and trafficking.
- Call your local travel agents and inform them of the issue so that they can be aware of and prevent potential predators from taking trips by signing the ECPAT Code of Conduct.
- Write to your local MP and encourage him/her to fight for more money to go towards ending slavery and trafficking.
- Help start, promote and support a walk-a-thon in your city to raise money and awareness.
The day continued with joyful, colourful and energetic performances. We heard wonderful singing from around the world and witnessed some amazing dances which showcased how truly blessed we are in our multiculturalism.
Finally, we shared lunch and listened to music from around the world. The dancing and celebration continued throughout. I would like to thank Blaise Pereira, Emily D’Silva, Cameron Straw, Cherish Taotua, Jennifer Tony, Jimmy Deadman and all of the students who helped make the day happen. I also would like to thank all of the staff for their contributions to the day. It is a huge event and couldn’t happen without the support and participation of the entire community.