By DREW VAN DER VECHTE
Posted 15 hours ago
COLLINGWOOD-- Jean Vanier Catholic High School raises money for
disasters, organizations, and tragedies around the world. All of these
fund- raising activities are organized and put on by a committee of
around 20 stu- dents. The committee's unofficial motto is "Focus on
being the change'.
The Social Justice Committee is host- ing a spaghetti dinner on Dec.
9, before the opening performance of Tomor- row's Girl: Little Orphan
Annie, the latest production of Julie Morin's Grade 11 drama students.
This is the third year the committee has hosted a dinner in
conjunction with the drama department's produc- tion.
Students on the committee collect tickets, cook the food, serve, and
deco- rate the cafeteria and auditorium in the theme of the play.
The dinner includes spaghetti, with meat or vegetarian sauce, Caesar
salad, garlic bread, and beverages, as well as a variety of deserts.
All money raised by the performance will go to three organizations:
* Sleeping Children Around the World, an organization which provides
bed kits to needy children, mostly in underdeveloped or developing
* Momma Zipporah, who runs an orphanage in Kenya called Huruma
Children's Home. The home helps chil- dren in Kenya who have been
orphaned as a result of their parents dying of HIV/AIDS. It currently
houses nearly 150 children, ranging from 0 to 18 years of age.
* L'Arche, the communities started by Jean Vanier, are homes across
Canada that house adults with developmental disabilities in a setting
that is more community-oriented than other homes.
The committee has chosen these organizations because it feels their
values fall in line with that of the school.
"The committee specializes in recog- nizing the needs of others, and
acting upon those needs," said Tricia Hadley, the staff advisor for
the committee. "In the past this committee has raised money for flood-
ravaged Pakistan, and have organized many Thanksgiving food drives.
The committee has also worked on collecting coats for the unfortunate
during winter, and collect- ing Christmas Shoe Boxes to be sent to
"The committee, in its present form, has been around for about five
years, but Jean Vanier High School has always done drives, and fund-
raisers for coun- tries and organizations in need."
The nearly 20 students on the com- mittee look for tragedies that are
hap- pening around the world, and ask themselves, "What can we do to
The committee has also helped Free the Children, a children's charity
formed in 1995 by Craig Kielburger, which has an'Adopt a
Village'program which helps to provide schools, wells, and alternative
incomes for children in developing nations, such as India, Sri Lanka,
and several countries in Africa.
They also attend'Me to We Day', recently renamed'We Day', in Toronto,
which is an event which--quoting Kielburger--is designed to "motivate
young people to help fight injustice by convincing them that fighting
injustice can be hip."
The Dinner Theatre night is set for Dec 9, starting at 5:30 p.m. The
show will start at 7.Tickets are available for $15 per adult, or$45
for a family of four, with children under five being admitted free.
Reservations are required.
Call the school for more information or to reserve tickets:445-2043.
Truth resides in every human heart, and one has to search for it there, and to be guided by truth as one sees it. But no one has a right to coerce others to act according to his own view of truth. - Mohandas Gandhi
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