GIVING FROM THE HEART: Lasallians and Ukrainian Refugees
War! Refugees! Ukraine! As literally millions flee from the war, Lasallian District schools are not acting dumb in response to the Ukraine disaster. Giving to those in need is a human and compassionate response, confirmed in religions, and embedded as a benchmark for Christian disciples.
The De La Salle Institute, being a global organisation, launched the “La Salle for Ukrainians” Appeal through Br Robert, Superior General, shortly after the Russian invasion. So far, the District Lasallian Foundation reports that globally:
“Over AUD 235,000 has been donated by Lasallians (worldwide) to the Appeal, which goes toward providing aid through Lasallian schools in neighbouring countries. Donations help support humanitarian relief efforts, including providing shelter, food, clothing, medical supplies and other necessities to Ukrainian refugees”.
Several of our schools, including James Sheahan in Orange (NSW), and Oakhill in Sydney, have answered our worldwide call for help. Br. Adrian Watson, Acting CEO of our Lasallian Foundation, has received $500 for the Appeal from James Sheahan College. (It anticipates sending all-up $AUS 4,500).
Oakhill College in Castle Hill raised over $3,700 by holding a “Show Your Colours” Day, where students and staff took the opportunity to wear their favourite sporting jersey to school”. The donations were sent independently to our Lasallian international aid agency in Rome.
La Salle Catholic College, Bankstown, held a cultural day in which students baked, danced and performed. This fundraising activity led to over $3,200 being donated. The Principal, Mr. Michael Egan, noted that “acts of service are part of who we are as Lasallians, and exemplified the richness of the Lasallian charism in serving the last, the lost and the least”.
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