HELPING HAND

UnitingCare West’s Tranby Centre has been open 24-hours-a-day this week for Homelessness Week. Two groups of St Stephen’s staff prepared lasagne, garlic bread and bread-and-butter pudding for around 100 people in need. They enjoyed chatting and getting to know the individuals and hearing about their journeys – what a wonderful way to give back.

GIVING IS THE GREATEST ACT OF GRACE

St Stephen’s School’s Service Learning program spread its wings even further this week with the launch of the brand-new Joondalup Food Cart service – a St Stephen’s initiative in partnership with Lakeside Joondalup, Rotary and for the benefit of UnitingCare West. The cart will be manned by volunteers, including our staff and students, to pick up unsold food from cafes and food outlets at Lakeside Joondalup to go to those in need through UnitingCare West Merriwa. Congrats to all involved! If you have always wanted to volunteer but don’t know where to start, visit our new-look Volunteers website where our Volunteers team can match you with a giving opportunity to suit your needs.

See more at volunteer.ststephens.wa.edu.au.

Christmas Appeal

Can you believe Christmas is only two months away?! Our School is once again supporting the UnitingCare West Christmas Appeal this year, supporting those who are disadvantaged in our community. Our community is encouraged to donate any food items from the list below, dropping the items to students’ classrooms or homerooms.

Donations open today and will remain open until the end of Week 7.

Food Appeal

Dear Parents and Students,

Winter is here and we all know it can be a difficult time for those in our community that are experiencing homelessness or severe financial hardship. Once again St Stephen’s School will be supporting those who find themselves in this predicament.

Commencing Monday, 6th Aug and concluding Friday, 24th Aug we are collecting non-perishable food items to donate to UnitingCare West to distribute to those in need.

It would be greatly appreciated if all students could donate a minimum of one non-perishable food item each. Some examples are:

Pasta and pasta sauce

UHT milk

Biscuits

Tea/Coffee

Cereal

Canned vegetables/fish/meat

Secondary students will be directed to bring the items to their Houses, Primary and ELC students to their teachers.

We thank you in advance for your generosity, every little bit helps.

With regards

Donna Lund

Service Learning Coordinator

Duncraig and Carramar

Fighting Hunger Together

Each fortnight, St Stephen’s School students and staff take two trips into the city to volunteer for the UnitingCare West Food Rescue. After our volunteers collect food from participating cafes around the city, it is distributed to feed members of six UnitingCare West Services such as Tranby Centre each night. Aligning with the School’s motto to ‘Serve God, Serve One Another’, our whole School community are on the roster for the Food Rescue runs, with Principal Mrs Donella Beare recently teaming up with Service Learning Coordinator Donna Lund to gather the goods. UnitingCare West Food Rescue feeds around 11,500 people experiencing homelessness each week.