St Mark’s Anglican Community School
Walking for Water
In a heartwarming display of empathy and compassion, our Pre-Primary and Year 1 students embarked on a journey of learning and giving.
Through reading the inspiring tale of ‘Water for Africa - Bringing Hope and Love to a Thirsty Nation’, they discovered the harsh reality faced by millions of people in Africa who endure gruelling walks of many kilometres each day to fetch water for their survival. Among those affected, it is the children who bear the brunt of this burden. The water they collect is often contaminated, leading to waterborne diseases that claim numerous lives.
Engaging in thoughtful discussions, our young students reflected on the stark contrast between the activities and opportunities they enjoy and those denied to African children due to their arduous water-collecting duties, particularly the chance to attend school. The realisation that something as basic as clean water is so readily available to them struck a chord, inspiring them to ponder ways in which they could help.
To deepen their understanding and create a meaningful impact, we enlisted the guidance of Phil, known as the 'Water Man' from Water for Africa. Together, we organised a 'Walk For Water' event, where students, their Senior School Buddies, and St Mark's families experienced, in a small measure, the challenges faced by millions around the world. Carrying water on their heads, they embarked on this symbolic journey, which left a profound impression on all involved.
The dedication and enthusiasm of our amazing community shone brightly as we collectively raised just under $4,000 for Water for Africa. This generous contribution will be directed towards the construction of a well, a lifeline that will provide clean water to a village of approximately 2,400 people.
Our students embraced the opportunity to give back in diverse ways. Some selflessly donated their tooth fairy money, while others took up extra chores to earn money for the cause. Through a garage sale, they sold their cherished toys, and some even emptied their entire money boxes to contribute.
Together, our ELC community has empowered change and demonstrated that small acts of kindness can make a significant difference in the lives of others. We hope this experience will be a lasting reminder of the impact we can create when we stand together to make the world a better place.