McAuley College Year 9 students (from left) James O’Keeffe, Emily Hannan and Damon Cooper prepare for the walkathon.
McAuley College Year 9 students (from left) James O’Keeffe, Emily Hannan and Damon Cooper prepare for the walkathon.

Students walk 7km for East Timor

STUDENTS from McAuley Catholic College in South Grafton are warming up for a long walk in the name of a good cause.

On Thursday, the school’s 560 students will pound 7km of pavement between Corcoran Park and Junction Hill to raise money for the children of East Timor.

The school is hoping to raise $1000 from the walkathon – nicknamed the ‘Dawdle for Datorua’ – to go towards establishing a kindergarten in Asia’s poorest nation.

McAuley’s ministry co-ordinator Margaret Bertalli said the idea was born after a visit to the college by former Grafton Sister of Mercy, Sister Rosie Carroll, last year. “She made particular mention of this program,” she said.

Mrs Bertalli said the kindergarten, already under construction, was in need of equipment and teachers which would require “a significant amount of funding”.

“They’re a young country and most of them want an education,” she said. “Without the skills to read and write they are condemned to a life of poverty.”

Phone the office: 6643 1434 to sponsor the walkathon.



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