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Australian Aid Competition


Recently the Year Seven English Extension Students entered a High School Literary Competition organised by the Australian Aid Abroad Campaign and supported by Oxfam.

Australian Aid Abroad provides assistance to developing countries in practical ways, for instance by providing and administering Polio Vaccinations. ‘Australian Aid has given millions of people the opportunity to overcome poverty; providing education, access to clean water, better health services, jobs and humanitarian assistance in times of crisis.’

Recently this aid has been cut by the Federal Government and the competition invited students to address a poem or a speech to the Government to encourage them to give more aid.

It is pleasing to note that we had two students from St John’s who were among the five finalists in this competition – Jessie and Lachlan. Jessie and Lachlan presented their work at the Australian Aid Celebration Night held at the University of Queensland and had the chance to listen to some inspiring speakers such as Senator Larissa Waters and Tony Milne from ‘Make Poverty History’.

Jessie delivered an articulate and persuasive speech and came Runner Up. Lachlan was judged the Overall Winner for his poem ‘Foreign Aid’ which is is included in this article. Lachlan received a prize of $500 which was presented by Senator Waters. Congratulations Jessie and Lachlan.


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