by NZ CATHOLIC staff
WHANGAREI — Pompallier Catholic College students and staff gave more than 3000 hours of voluntary labour to the Whangarei community on June 15.
The college introduced a “Day of Service” as part of its commitment to the welfare of community members and to the call of the Gospel.
Students and staff were involved in activities such as planting trees on Limestone Island, preparing frozen meals for the elderly, providing music at rest homes, repairing community bikes, providing artwork for a creche and holding a cake stall to fundraise for the Northland Rescue Helicopter.
“The Gospel calls us to serving others in a real way, not just in words,” said Pompallier Catholic College principal Richard Stanton.
More than 30 projects took place in the community and all were undertaken at no cost to the recipients.
“As a Catholic college, it is part of what we do,” Mr Stanton said.
The students sought sponsorship from beyond the groups with which they worked. So far the students have raised almost $8000. Sixty per cent will be donated to aid projects in Papua New Guinea and Tonga through Caritas.
A further 20 per cent will be set aside for donations to local charities while the remaining money will be targeted to the needs of students as discerned by the Student Council.
“Many schools run work days to raise money for their own school. Even though we are one of the less advantaged Catholic schools in the Auckland area, we considered it to be more important to raise money for others rather than our school,” Mr Stanton said.