For the fifth year, Marcellin College is proud to be able an exciting opportunity to three Old Collegians aged between 18 – 25 years old - the St. Marcellin Champagnat Award. This award provides an opportunity for three Old Boys to take part in a Marist solidarity project in Johannesburg, South Africa; living and working with some of the most marginalized children in that country. Participants spend two weeks volunteering with the Three2Six project in their annual holiday program. This year’s experience takes place between November 29 and December14 and applications are now open! Information regarding the program and submission of applications has this week been posted to eligible Old Collegians, and this information is also available on the College website and the St. Marcellin Champagnat Award Facebook page. Volunteers are required for the holiday program to help run games, sports, science, arts and craft, computer sessions and to help with reading practice and literacy and numeracy revision. I encourage you to view interviews with past Award recipients published on the Marcellin College YouTube channel. An extended interview with one of the inaugural recipients and current Director of Community Engagement and Marketing here at Marcellin, Ben Bugeja, who then chose to return to Johannesburg twice and volunteer for extended stints, can also be listened to at https://tinyurl.com/mjy9k8g.
The Three2Six project is an initiative of a Marist school, Sacred Heart College, in Observatory, Johannesburg. It aims to offer a place of hope for refugee children. As a Catholic school and as part of the mission of the Marist Institute, it is appropriate that Marcellin College engages in social action opportunities which are both educative and practical in outcomes. We are delighted to offer this opportunity to our Old Collegians once again!