I received an email today from my favourite high school teacher (now the principle at St Francis Xavier College). A staff member there is organising movie tickets/giving tree etc for boys in the 12 â€“ 16 year age bracket (apparently the most forgotten age group). What struck me is that a Catholic school is helping out a Uniting Church charity. A good sign for the season. Thought it was worth supporting and help spread the word. Enclosed is the email.
Have you ever felt as If YOU had missed out on something???? Or had a truly disappointing Special Occasion?? Do you remember it clearly?? Ever wanted to put something under a giving tree and found it harder than you thought it would be??? You wouldn’t be the first and you won’t be the last.
Read on and help me make Christmas Day one of Hope and Joy for a forgotten group.
Good Morning All,
I was wondering if you would please take a few minutes to read through the following information and consider if you â€“ or someone you know – would feel able to help.
I am sure that you are aware that there are a multitude of Charities and churches gathering gifts for underprivileged children each year. What you may not know is that each year this fabulous show of community spirit unwittingly ignores one underprivileged section of society. Far fewer gifts are collected for boys in the 12 â€“ 16 year age bracket. This is easily explained: boys in this age range are notoriously difficult to buy gifts for, more so when you don’t know them personally.
One possible solution is to collect gift vouchers to allow boys in this age group to choose a gift or indulge in entertainment more suiting their tastes. This is why I am approaching you.
What I am proposing is that social clubs, small businesses and generous individuals sponsor a Christmas gift for one of these boys. For example, for $35.00 you can provide two adult (over 15 years) entries to the Movies along with a voucher for the ‘Candy Bar’. The sponsored child would then receive a Christmas card from the individual or business with vouchers that would allow them to join their friends, find some quiet time or even treat a family member to an outing.
It is worth mentioning that for many of these kids there simply will NOT be a present unless ‘we’ provide one. On a school level we have 1120 students here at St Francis Xavier College, 609 of those are boys and 473 of them are between 12 – 16. It isn’t hard to imagine that a number of our Students MAY fall into the group that I am trying to help.
This problem is a very real one and is right here in our community â€“ For instance the Kippax Uniting church has already received 200 requests for Food hampers and requests for 600 presents from the West Belconnen area. That’s just one small section of our city, and you can be certain that it is a similar story in Woden, Gungahlin and Tuggeranong. People are finding it harder to make ends meet and presents are simply going to have to be sacrificed to make sure that there is food on the table.
I have been delivering letters requesting sponsorship to the small businesses in my local area and I have friends who have taken this idea to their Work Social Clubs and their local shopping centres â€“ I would love it if you could encourage the Small businesses in your area and generous individuals to back this gift drive.
PLEASE â€“ we the power to put a smile on the face of the child they sponsored AND on the faces of that child’s parents. Knowing that we have made a difference will certainly make the day more enjoyable for me.
Sue Gore Phillips
St Francis Xavier College
(02) 6278 9017