St Peter’s College, Palmerston North, has raised around $300 for a scheme to support young people in the Pacific who want to participate in World Youth Day next year in Sydney.
The college held a Pacifika Mufti Day on Friday 25 May with a number of students dressing to theme in colourful Pasifika-inspired outfits. The Pilgrim Partnership Support Programme has been designed to link groups from Australia and New Zealand (host partners) with overseas groups (pilgrim partners) in partnerships of support and assistance for participation in WYD08.
St Peter’s student council members were involved in the decision to choose the WYD Pilgrimage Partnership Support Programme as recipients of its next mufti-day appeal.
Nicole Walker explains, ‘Our mufti days always contribute to a cause outside the school. The Pacific Partnership Programme was a way we could incorporate Youth Week with a Catholic focus and lend a hand at the same time.’
Making a link with a Pacific nation is the next step in the process and deputy principal Mrs Helen Allen, says with the money in hand, the student council is now keen to use the website – www.wyd2008.org to contact a diocese in the Pacific.