Following the Ash Wednesday Liturgy, the Primary campus enjoyed Rice Day on the first Friday of Lent, to consider the many people around the world who have so little to eat on a daily basis. Students were encouraged to donate $2 to participate in Rice Day, experiencing what it feels like to have only one bowl of rice to eat. It gives them an awareness of what it would be like to not have the abundance of food we normally enjoy.
Sr Anne McGuire from Caritas, the international Catholic aid and development agency, visited the College in the morning and spoke to students about the difference between our needs and wants, and how some children and families around the world do not always get what they need. Students explored the differences between their own environment and that of a young girl in war-torn Syria, for example. They came away with the message that their donation, no matter how small, can make a real difference to families in communities that are less fortunate.
The small bowl of rice in place of their normal lunch reinforced students’ understanding of what some children in impoverished communities eat each day. Rhys and Gemma Passmore from Supper Road, past parents at the College, have donated and cooked rice for this event for the past five years. They say they are “proud to be involved again this year in this wonderful concept”.
The students were once again eager and willing to participate in Rice Day, and this year’s event raised $734 for Caritas’s Project Compassion.