Social Justice Program
The College aims to develop a deep expression of concern and compassion for the need and to assist students develop a personal commitment to respond to the challenge of the Gospel through active involvement in outreach and social justice programs. Our Social Justice group is called the TCC Young Vinnies and is made up of our Social Justice Captains and a group of dedicated, passionate students. We work on a range of activities throughout the year to raise funds and awareness for a variety of issues. We work on the following Social Justice projects throughout the year:
- Project Compassion; an annual fundraising campaign for Caritas Australia, the Catholic Agency for International Aid and Development.
- Fundraising activities, including a pancake stall on Shrove Tuesday, a BBQ at the Swimming Carnival and a merchandise stall at Harmony Day.
Caritas Australia: http://www.caritas.org.au/projectcompassion
Thomas Carr Day allows the College: Homerooms facilitate fundraising stalls for our Catholic charitable organisations, including Catholic Care, Aboriginal Catholic Ministry Melbourne, The Australian Catholic Migrant and Refugee Office, Knights of the Southern Cross and St Vincent de Paul Society.
Aboriginal Catholic Ministry Melbourne: http://www.cam.org.au/acmv
Australian Catholic Migrant and Refugee Office: http://www.acmro.catholic.org.au/
Knights of the Southern Cross: http://www.ksca.org.au/
St Vincent de Paul Society: http://www.vinnies.org.au/home-vic
Winter Sleepout: Staff and students spend a night sleeping out in the gym to raise awareness of Youth Homelessness. Students are encouraged to bring along a donation for the St Vincent de Paul Winter Appeal, including blankets, pillows and warm clothing.
St Vincent de Paul Winter Appeal: http://www.vinnies.org.au/appeals-national
St Vincent de Paul Christmas Hamper Appeal. In recent years this has extended to three appeals; St Vincent de Paul Society, Hoppers Crossing, Ozanam House and St Vincent de Paul Society, North Melbourne.
St Vincent de Paul Christmas Appeal: http://www.vinnies.org.au/appeals-national
Year 11 Students are involved in a program throughout the year that involves spending a day volunteering at Ozanam House. This is a crisis accommodation facility operated by St Vincent de Paul, primarily for homeless men over the age of 18. Students contribute to Kitchen duties at Ozanam House, including preparation of meals, serving meals and kitchen cleaning duties. At Ozanam House, volunteers make a real and lasting difference to the people being support and assisted.
Ozanam House: http://www.vinnies.org.au/ozanam-house-vic