Jesus commanded us to “love others as much as you love yourself” (Mark 12: 31), and at Emmaus we strive to live this commandment in a variety of ways. This includes raising funds for different projects, education and awareness programs on local and global issues, and Social Justice initiatives within the college community.
Each year in Lent (term 1) we raise money for Project Compassion, which is Caritas Australia’s annual fundraising and awareness raising appeal, bringing thousands of Australians in solidarity with the world's poor to help end poverty, promote justice and uphold dignity.
We also raise funds for a project suggested by the pastors of the faith traditions that are part of Emmaus College. In this past we have worked with the local faith traditions to help:
A community in Uganda provide better educational equipment for their students
- Queensland nursing students deliver education and medical assistance to people in Cambodia
- Keystone Disability Services in their effort to empower and assist people in Logan living with intellectual disabilityThe SAILS group build a boat with young people being mentored and up skilled for employment and a better future
- Southport Accommodation and Crisis Care in their provision of meals and services to homeless men and women on the Gold Coast
Short Term Projects
There are also a number of short term projects that we engage in throughout the year. These activities will involve a variety of interested students from across the college; a few of these activities are described below.
Vinnies School Sleepout – Emmaus College participates in the Vinnnies School Sleepout, an event initiated by the St Vincent de Paul society to raise awareness about homelessness in Australia. Students from Years 7 -12 are invited to spend the night sleeping rough at school to experience and understand some of the challenges faced by those who are homeless in our own country.
Little Jimmy’s Playgroup – our Year 6 students take turns facilitating activities for Little Jimmy’s Playgroup, which is hosted at St James Anglican Church and attended by mothers and children from the Jimboomba area.
Nursing home visits – a number of times throughout the year our choir visits a local nursing home, and at other times we have a group Senior School students visit during Thursday sport.
Cambodia Immersion – Year 11 & 12 students are invited to travel to Cambodia and immerse themselves into another culture. They are encouraged to travel with an open mind, challenge your perspectives (and your pallet) come out of your comfort zone. This experience will hopefully inform them about the realities of others in the global family.
Social Justice Day – This day is aimed at our Year 10 students and is designed to tie in with their Religious Education Studies. Guest speakers break open the challenges that people face in different parts of the world, including issues around fair trade, child slavery, Indigenous issues, refugees and asylum seekers and homelessness.
That evening our college hosts students from other schools at a Social Justice evening, in which they are challenged to raise the awareness of social justice issues and look for ways to make a change for the better.