Over 50 PLC students in Years 7 – 12 united with thousands of other Australians to raise funds for young people who have been forced to flee their homes.
Students recently took part in ‘The 40hr Backpack Challenge’, taking out the highest fundraising school award for Western Australia!
“The challenge to live out of a backpack with only essentials for 40 hours, is to simulate the life of a refugee and to understand what challenges they face every day, including what they choose to take with them when they are forced to flee their home”, explained PLC’s Head of Service and Partnerships, Linda Malone.
The world is currently witnessing the highest levels of displacement on record, with 70.8 million displaced people around the world, and over 50% of them children and young adults. From South America to the Middle East, families and communities are impacted and flee from natural disaster, economic crises, conflict and social upheaval.
World Vision Australia’s Relationship Manager, Zana Bowen explained the impact of PLC’s raised funds.
“Their journey to the camps may be long, but thanks to the help of PLC, they will be offered food and water, given medical assistance and access to counselling services”, Zana said.
Year 8 student, Sophie said that this challenge helped her to better understand the life of a refugee.
“Even though I could never imagine what refugees go through, I now have more of an understanding and I think it’s such an important issue”, she said.
Head of Service and Community Partnerships, Linda Malone believes that initatives and community-based fundraising appeals, such as the Backpack Challenge give students a broader world perspective.
“When students get involved in community service, they not only help others — they expand their worldview, develop empathy and leadership skills, and realise how their actions can have a positive impact. They also return to the classroom realising how they’re learning applies to the real world”, Linda explained.
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“Thank you, PLC for opening your hearts and becoming our greatest global change makers in Western Australia for 2019!”
-World Vision Australia’s Relationship Manager, Zana Bowen