Making a Positive Difference
Amid the Pandemic
Making a Positive Difference Amid the Pandemic
Throughout this pandemic, All Saints’ College has been increasingly committed to supporting the vulnerable and providing worthwhile service to its local and global partner organisations.
The College’s Catalyst: Centre for Service and Social Enterprise fosters service-learning opportunities for all students across its Pre-Kindergarten to Year 12 campus, both within and beyond the classroom setting.
With the coronavirus pandemic forcing All Saints’ to suspend these fully embedded programs earlier this year, Head of Catalyst, Mr Scott Corbett swiftly developed creative ways for students, staff and families to continue serving with their heads, hearts and hands.
Four new programs were launched to support All Saints’ families and the College’s partner organisations during the pandemic: Adopt a Friend, Food Friendzy, Help Each Other, and PRATYeK.
‘We are very blessed with a generous and supportive community and have had lots of support for our four new community programs,’ said Mr Corbett.
The Adopt a Friend program sees All Saints’ families connecting with elderly residents from Amana Living and the Royal Australian Air Force Association (RAAFA) Memorial Estate through emails, phone conversations, letters and care packages.
Food Friendzy emerged from the College’s regular Cooking for the Homeless program, run in partnership with the Parents and Friends’ Society. Community members are now cooking for the homeless in their own homes, freezing the meals and then delivering them to All Saints’ for The Salvation Army to distribute. During the first week of Food Friendzy, participants cooked more than 400 individual meals for those less fortunate.
Recognising that some College families may be finding themselves in difficult situations due to the rapid changes in the economy, the Help Each Other initiative provides assistance to community members should they need it—for example, with hampers of food items.
The fourth new service program supports the All Saints’ global partner in India, PRATYeK, as they work to supply essential food and hygiene products to their students and families whose living conditions are incredibly vulnerable at this time. Community members have been encouraged, if they are able, to support the PRATYeK campaign, which can provide supplies to a family of eight for an entire day for as little as $2.50.
‘It is wonderful to be part of a community that is truly committed to the College’s vision of making a positive difference in our world,’ said Mr Corbett