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by Carolyn Young - Tuesday, 16 June 2020, 2:12 PM

Solidarity Casual Clothes Day

In April 2020, Vanuatu was hit by the devastating Cyclone Harold. Reports from the country’s second largest town, Luganville, show that 70% of structures are damaged, agricultural land ruined, roads blocked, and water systems destroyed. Harold comes at a time when Vanuatu has closed its borders to keep the threat of COVID-19 from its shores.

The Marist Brothers are present in Luganville at St Michel Technical College. St Michel Technical College is seen as a beacon of hope on Espiritu Santo (the largest island of Vanuatu) as it was one of the first schools on the island. There are around 320 students enrolled in grades 7 to 12, and a further 80 young people enrolled in the vocational stream of the school. St Michel’s bore the brunt of Cyclone Harold and suffered crippling damage. Marist Schools Australia would like to give financial aid to support St Michel Technical College to rebuild their school.

As Marists we respond to the call to be in solidarity with those doing it tough. Around the College this week, presentations on our College screens are reminding our young men that solidarity is about valuing our fellow human beings and respecting who they are as individuals. Saint John Paul II noted that: “We are all one family in the world. … respecting each other's dignity, rights and responsibilities makes the world a better place to live.”

As such, on Monday 22 June, the College will hold a Casual Dress Day to raise funds and awareness for the rebuilding of St. Michel Technical College. Students are asked to stand in solidarity by wearing casual clothes paid for by a gold coin donation. Donations (of all amounts!) will be collected during Student Wellbeing. I hope you can encourage your son (and help him to remember to) bring in some gold coins to donate for St. Michel’s rebuilding.