It’s game on in fight against poverty

Socktober ambassador and Adelaide United soccer player Sarah Willacy with students from Mary Mackillop College in Adelaide (Catholic Mission)

Thousands of Australian school students showed solidarity with their brothers and sisters overseas by offering prayers, kicking goals and raising $102,686 for children in need. Source: Catholic Mission.

Socktober, Catholic Mission’s annual schools and community engagement program saw students from more than 380 schools “sock it to poverty”, on behalf of the people of Cambodia.

Launched in July, amid fears of lockdowns and COVID-induced chaos, the program kicked plenty of goals in challenging year.

Matt Poynting, National Community Engagement Officer at Catholic Mission, said the circumstances every school faced in this year made it a special Socktober.

“It has been the strangest and most challenging year we can remember,” Mr Poynting said.

“But Catholic school students across the country rose to the occasion and put the needs of children in Cambodia and around the world ahead of their own.”

Students were asked to create an individual supporter page to record their progress through the six-week Socktober Challenge and to gather sponsorships from friends and family for their efforts. In all, the program raised just over $100,000 in 2020, reflecting the generosity of Australian Catholic schools.

And with the prospect of a return to normalcy in the classrooms from Term 1 next year, Mr Poynting said Socktober is set to be continue in 2021 with the focus shifting to supporting children in Thailand.


Kicking goals in a crazy year (Catholic Mission)

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