On Friday 15 May, the first ever UnitingCare West, Uniting Church School Student Forum was hosted at the Australian Institute of Management in Floreat. The topic for the forum was ‘Put Your Hand Up’ for Social Justice.
The event was attended by over 70 students from five Uniting Church schools including Penrhos College, Scotch College, St Stephen’s School, Tranby College and Wesley College. UCW has received great feedback from both students and teaching staff about the event.
Daniel Viljoen, UCW’s Mission Development Leader, opened the forum and conducted the Acknowledgement of Country.
Anne Maroni, UCW’s Manager Homelessness Services, spoke to the students about homelessness in Perth, focussing on the high numbers of young people and families that are living on the streets, couch surfing or living out of cars.
Chub Sykes, Community Engagement Manager from RAW Impact, also presented to the students. Chub talked about the work RAW Impact does taking groups of students to Cambodia to build homes and schools for those currently living in poverty.
Eboni Morrell, UCW’s School Liaison Officer, finished the forum with some great questions for the students to debate within their groups. Students were encouraged to brainstorm fundraising ideas that their schools could conduct to support the UCW Winter Appeal.
The forum was a huge success and everyone is looking forward to the next Social Justice student forum in 2016.
For more information about how your school can get involved with UCW see here.
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