Xavier College launches the Barolo Appeal

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XavierLogoAs part of the Christian Citizenship dimension of the Bosco Cup, a third social awareness response has been added to the Project Compassion and the St. Vinnie’s Can Appeals. The Barolo Appeal is named in honour of the Marchioness Giulia di Barolo who assisted Don Bosco in the early years of his work with the abandoned youth in Turin. The Marchioness was a strong agent for social change and action at the height of the industrial and political revolution in 19th century Turin. The Marchioness used her wealth and position to assist those, society had forgotten or abused, namely women and children. In the coming years, each House will choose its own Catholic charity that it will support by raising funds to help those in need.

However, in this inaugural year, the monies raised through the Barolo Appeal will support the rebuilding of the Salesian community in Haiti. In January this year, an earthquake destroyed most of Haiti’s capital city, Port-au-Prince and surrounding areas. As a result, over 250,000 people were killed and a million people were left homeless. The Salesian community lost 3 members of its community along with 250 students buried in the rubble. All of the school, training and hostel buildings were destroyed in the earthquake.

As a result, the Rector Major Fr. Pascual Chávez has called on all members of the Salesian family to support the rebuilding of the Haitian community.

As a member of the world-wide Salesian family, we are now acting on the call of the Rector Major to assist in the rebuilding process. Students and families will be able to make donations to The Barolo Appeal during the next three weeks. It is hoped that we will then be able to present our donation to the Australia-Pacific Region Provincial, Fr Frank Moloney on Xavier Day which he will then forward on our behalf to the world-wide effort to rebuild the Haitian community.

As a school community, we have been astounded and humbled by the overwhelming response to both Project Compassion and the St. Vinnie’s Can Appeal this year. It has been heartening to see such a strong sense of Christian love and concern for others. I pray that our community will continue to meet Christ’s challenge to love one another by displaying kindly acts of charity to those most in need.

 

Mr. Gareth Watson

Assistant Principal, Religious Dimension

 

Source: Xavier College