Last week Aberdeen students put their best foot forward to raise funds to assist Catholic Missions in their “Socktober” campaign to assist the efforts of the Church in meeting the needs of poor people around the world.
For one week many students contributed to a sock draws collection box in their Admin class and on Thursday a Crazy Socks day was put on to allow our well-heeled Australian students to contribute to people who often have to go barefoot.
The focus of this year’s campaign was the children of Mongolia where the Church has only been going for 20 years. The average annual temperature in Mongolia is 0 degrees so it is definitely a place where you need your
woolly be socks.
The socks were judged at the School Assembly after a liturgy reflecting on the challenge of building Christ’s Church through care and compassion. “Build My Church” recalls the vision seen by St. Francis of Assisi when Jesus
told him to follow a life of simplicity and poverty. Francis, who was from a wealthy merchant family, gave away all his fancy clothes, and even his socks, adopting the simple brown robes and sandals that are worn by his Franciscan followers to this day.
In the liturgy, we placed on the altar a rock, representing the foundation stone of faith that builds the church, a bowl of rice, representing our care for the poor, a Bible representing the nourishment of God’s word, and a candle
representing the light we can bring to people’s lives. At the foot of the altar however were the
hundreds of brightly coloured socks worn by students showing that they care and celebrating together.
The winners in each sock judging category were Jacinta Ferris for the Best Halloween Theme Socks, Curtis Irving for
the Most Creative Socks, Kaitlyn Vincent and Madeline Phelps for the Craziest Socks and Mr Charles Mill for the
Craziest Staff Member’s Socks.
Our efforts for Catholic Mission last week raised over $800. The Admin class which raised the highest amount was
7 Blue. After the examinations we will treat them to a sausage sizzle lunch and a period in the pool as a small way of saying thank you for their great feat.