SYDNEY (CW) — The principal of a New Zealand school destroyed by the Christchurch earthquake last year visited Our Lady of Mercy College, Parramatta, last week to thank students for their generosity.
Anna Heffernan described the damage to her school, Marian College in Christchurch, from the February 2011 quake.
“It was not three weeks since these girls started at the school and it was destroyed,” she said. “We had no sewage, water or power.”
“We have been at two different sites since the earthquake – it really wasn’t much fun for that whole year.”
Ms Heffernan said the mood was lifted by the generosity of students who were then in Year 7 at Our Lady of Mercy, who raised money to buy shopping vouchers for Marian College students.
“The vouchers were really exactly what the girls needed to boost their spirits.
“They were genuinely excited about it.
“This trip gives me a great opportunity for me to say ‘thanks’ to the girls and let them know the real difference they made in the lives of girls their own age.”
The year 7 year coordinator at the time, Ann Marie Herd, knew staff at Marian College and arranged for her classes to host gold coin donation days.
— Story courtesy of Catholic Weekly, Sydney