Hi everyone,

We hope everyone has had a great week. As you may have seen in last week’s newsletter, a few of our school’s student leaders had the opportunity last Friday to go down to Auckland for the World Vision Leadership conference. This was an opportunity to build upon our knowledge as student leaders and also to open our eyes to the great injustice in the world.

As the conference was run by World Vision, we got a glimpse of their dream in accomplishing 2017’s 40 Hour Famine. This year will be different from every other year as the money will be going to Syria for the second year in a row. This has never been done before, but the people of Syria need all the hope and support they can get right now. The money raised will be going towards building homes and schools. Some of the Syrian children had the opportunity to be questioned about what they wanted most in their lives at the moment. Ninety percent of these children said that they wished the war was over so they could go back to school.

Keeping in mind these are children who have been brought up in a war for the last 6 years they have lost their homes. Basically they have lost all they had in material things and all they were as people. The World Vision Youth Ambassadors for 2016 spoke at the conference and shared with everyone how incredible it was to see so much hope in the people living at the refugee camps.

They know that there are people that care for them and they know that people are willing to do something for their cause. So this year, the 40 Hour Famine is about our young New Zealanders standing together to show the world what happens when our generation is united.

Overall, the conference was an amazing experience in which we hope to bring what we’ve learnt back to our homes, school and community. We wish to have a large percentage of students participating in the upcoming 40 Hour Famine as the proceeds go to an incredibly noble cause.

God bless and have a great weekend.

Lara Russell (Parakiore House Leader) & Justine Milina (Student Trustee)

“So the poor have hope, and injustice shuts its mouth”  Job 5:16


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