Marist College N.Z. does it again

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MARIST SPIRIT OF GIVING: Beautiful smiles of the students and staff of Marist College of New Zealand during their visit and having spent four days with the S.V.S.G. School of Hope children presenting donations.

MARIST SPIRIT OF GIVING: Beautiful smiles of the students and staff of Marist College of New Zealand during their visit and having spent four days with the S.V.S.G. School of Hope children presenting donations.

Marist College of New Zealand has visited the Campus of Hope once more.

It’s the second year in a row the school has visited the temporary home of 70 children survivors of violence currently under the care of Samoa Victim Support Group.  

More than 20 students and teachers from the Marist College spent four days with the children on Campus, running activities as part of their community service work.

This is the Marist spirit of giving, as the students and teachers self-funded their travel to spend their school break with the children of hope.  The students, teachers and the parents fundraised for this trip and have put together educational resources and various goods that were donated to S.V.S.G.

A pallet full of donations was presented on their last day, together with monetary donation of $10,000.00.  

This is the Marist spirit of giving, for the less fortunate and the vulnerable in the community.

The children survivors were at ease with the Marist students; there was fellowship, there was love and there were a lot of tears, as the Marist students were overcome with emotion for the magnitude of work required to provide for the children of hope.  The children in turn showed their resilience through dancing, singing and playing with their visiting friends as they shared a meal to farewell them.

President of S.V.S.G, Siliniu Lina Chang, and an ex-student of the Marist College New Zealand, was humbled by the school’s willingness to lend a helping hand.  “Thank you so much to the Principal and the Board of Trustee for allowing the continued fellowship between the Marist College New Zealand and the School of Hope, through the annual Marist College Malaga,” she said.

 “S.V.S.G and its work will always draw strength from a strong family of supporters who share the heart to give.”

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