Year 7 students have participated in Graffiti Removal Day, volunteering at Coast Shelter Gosford preparing and serving meals to the homeless, making and packaging Christmas baked goods for the homeless and elderly at nursing homes, and making soap for Orange Sky Laundry, a laundry service for homeless and struggling families in the community.
The program embodies the spirit of St. Mary of the Cross MacKillop and her belief that we should “never see a need without doing something about it”. Just as Mary MacKillop dedicated herself to helping others, the students of Mackillop, as a Catholic community are also called to JUMP into action.
One participating student commented, “I really enjoyed doing as I got to spend time helping people with my friends. I would tell people to take the opportunity and do the JUMP activities as they are really fun to do and is an amazing opportunity to help the community.”
Students can also complete community service at home, for family or neighbours. They may wish to create their own fundraising event or raise awareness about a particular issue they feel strongly about. There are many ways for students to get involved. Outreach Coordinator, Mrs Michelle Baxter, commented “I am very proud on the way Year 7 have approached the JUMP Project. Their overall attitude and participation thus far has been excellent. I look forward to the many possibilities and opportunities the initiative will provide to our students.”