Clonard’s Living Justly student leaders are excited to launch our Project Compassion Easter Raffle for 2024, with sales to commence on Tuesday 12th March, continuing until the raffle is drawn on Thursday 21st March.

With the proceeds supporting the Project Compassion campaign by Caritas, we hope to raise as much as we can across the above period to support Project Compassion, which has listed some fund-raising goals as follows:

  • $6 can provide soap and access to water to protect communities against COVID-19 in the Democratic Republic of Congo
  • $148 can provide a toilet for a family in Mozambique
  • $250 can support four young men to harvest dijeridu timber in the Northern Territory
  • $1530 can provide education assistance for secondary school students in Mozambique
  • $3265 can provide materials to establish a community piggery house in the Solomon Islands

The raffle comprises magnificent, boxed prizes full of chocolates, just in time for Easter (see photo of our 2023 prizes as an example)!

Tickets will be $2 each, 3 for $5 or 6 for $10. We will take cash or card, with students selling tickets across lunchtimes near the canteen each lunch time across the next week and up to the date of the draw. In addition, parents may purchase tickets by accessing CDF pay by clicking on the CDF pay link , noting this link will allow purchases from start date 11/3/2024 00.00am and ending 21/3/2024 8.30am

Clonard has only purchased chocolates for this raffle which are certified slavery-free (ie Fairtrade, Rainforest Certified or UTZ certified chocolates). 100% of profits from the raffle will go directly to CARITAS, which works to ensure people are not forced into slavery and forced labour, as part of its Project Compassion campaign.

Palm Sunday March for Asylum Seekers

We have had confirmation that the annual Palm Sunday March, walking in solidarity with asylum seekers and those in the community urging change, will take place this year on Sunday 24th March. 

The route and the time has changed this year—in response to the Free Palestine protest which is at the State Library at midday also on Palm Sunday. The Palm Sunday walk for asylum seekers and refugees is at 10.00 in the morning beginning and ending in Parliament Gardens (corner of Spring and Albert Streets). 

There will be a symbolic ritual to begin (everyone can join) followed by some talks and music and a walk around nearby streets, finishing back at the gardens. Anyone willing to help by leaving posters in places you frequent or acting as marshals or money collectors on the day please contact Brigid Arthur (

Families and students most welcome to attend.

Cans for Scholarships in East Timor

As part of our continuing support of Clonard’s sister school in Viqueque, we wanted to publicise a new charity (“Cans for Scholarships” created by Geelong Viqueque Friendship schools) to which you can credit any recycled cans and plastic containers when putting these into one of the recycling depots. Steps to take are as follows:

  1. Download the free App – “CDS Vic West”.
  2. Using the App find your nearest return point (throughout Geelong as well as in Torquay and Barwon Heads).
  3. Add in the charity “Cans for Scholarships” as your preferred charity.
  4. Take containers (some do not take glass, but the machine beeping will soon alert you!) to closest depot, open the app and scan in your barcode.
  5. Load in the cans/plastic bottles one at a time in the chute and the credited funds will automatically be credited to the charity to help maintain an education for children in East Timor

Michael McCallum, Living Justly Leader