Over the last 2 weeks we have been collecting bottled water for the Sunshine Coast Water Angels. The Water Angels initiative was started by volunteers on the Sunshine Coast who saw the great needs of the people in the drought affected community of Stanthorpe and decided to do something about it. Stanthorpe’s water supply is at critical levels and without rain the town is predicted to run out of water by December. Not only is this an issue for the daily lives of the residents, Stanthorpe is a large fruit and wine growing region and the drought is having a big effect on their economy, with business in the town down between 20 and 50%. Residents on town water supply are currently restricted to 100 litres of water per day. People living outside the town who are on tank water are being forced to buy and truck water in to fill their tanks.
Our gradual collecting over the past few weeks has been leading up to our big push on ‘Water Wednesday’ which took place yesterday. As always, the generosity of our CTK families was second to none. We are a small school but we have a very generous spirit. At last count we had reached the 1100 litre mark. With more water still to be counted and a trip to Costco to spend our $174 in cash donations still to take place, we are anticipating we will reach around the 1400 litre mark. On Friday we will load Mr Blenkin’s ute and our school trailer with all the water to take to the Caboolture Showgrounds drop off point. From here water will be collected from a range of drop off points and trucked to Stanthorpe by volunteers for distribution.
All people know that helping those in need is the right thing to do. But for us as a Catholic community, it goes further than this. This is what our faith challenges us to do.
‘And if you give even a cup of cold water to one of the least of my children you will surely be rewarded’ – Matthew 10:42
‘My command is this: Love one another as I have loved you’ – John 15: 12
‘For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink’ - Mathew 25: 35
‘Let each of you look not to your own interests, but to the interests of others.’ – Philippians 2:4
And in the words of our school prayer – Dare us to give of ourselves with a generous spirit. A big thank you to Mrs Huxley for organising the day and most of all a huge thank you to all of our families for their compassion and generosity.