Chaplain’s Corner

The Carey community is a very generous community. Throughout each year students and staff work across all areas of our school to raise money and awareness for a range of worthy organisations. Occasionally there is a significant crisis that the whole School gets behind, for example over the past few years the School has raised funds for earthquake victims in Nepal. Additionally, two years ago, a former staff member was involved with assisting people in Cambodia who were starving because of the extreme heat and low rainfall, so we raised funds for them. We carefully choose the causes we help, and we are aware that there are many worthy appeals for money that arise.

However, the situation in our own nation with farmers and their families under extreme financial and emotional stress because of drought is something we cannot ignore. Some farmers are sowing seeds in dry soil hoping that the rains will come. You have probably seen interviews with farmers describing their desperate situation as the camera pans dusty paddocks with emaciated cattle and dead trees that had survived previous droughts – but this drought is simply too much to sustain life.

The Carey community will respond to this dire situation. All sections of the School will conduct activities to raise funds. The Senior School is asking students to bring a minimum of $10 each on Monday 10 September, which will be collected during roll call that morning. Our goal is to raise $10,000 in 10 minutes on 10 September. Staff and parents are invited to contribute to this worthy appeal.

We can all do something to help. When the rain does not come, the ramifications in local communities are often profound and can be devastating.

I invite the Carey community to get involved in helping ease the burden of drought for farmers and their families who are currently doing it tough.

Grace and peace,

Gerry Riviere
Senior School Chaplain