Over the past year MAKLSS has formed a partnership with Josephite Community Aid (JCA) who work with refugees to help support and empower them as they transition into the community. The ACU law students have been getting involved in holiday fun programs helping with workshops from cheerleading and hip hop to soccer, netball and arts and crafts!
There is not one student who has not been touched by the beautiful JCA staff and volunteers and by the families themselves. Being a part of JCA is an experience like no other and enables students to really make a hands on difference to the lives of others.
I along with two volunteers, Holly Muscat and Lewis Chan was fortunate enough to attend a JCA retreat in Katoomba where we were immersed in the culture and mission of JCA and spent a lovely weekend away getting to know other volunteers and JCA staff. Here is what Holly and Lewis had to say about their experiences… “The JCA weekend was truly enjoyable, informative and easy-going. I knew no one I was going with but everyone was amazing. The people made the experience that much better. I learnt that JCA are all about understanding and not necessarily helping, they want to they want to give enjoyable times and it’s such a happy mission. The Josephite values that are at the heart of their organisation resonated with a lot of mine and it was really nice learning about and discussing how they can be used for good. The time we spent there was definitely worthwhile and doing future activities with JCA is definitely in the cards for me” ~ Holly
“The JCA weekend retreat was completely different to what I had expected before the trip, but in a good way. I am so happy that I didn't miss out on the fun. I am very thankful to JCA for such a great opportunity to participate in something more. I found the opportunity to meet more people and feel a greater belonging to a bigger community most valuable. The weekend was great and gave me a great sense of inclusion. I am hoping to participate again, I don’t want to miss out on upcoming events by JCA.” ~ Lewis
Any student who wishes to be involved is more than welcome to get involved. Students require a Working with Children Check which is free and can be submitted online. For more information about volunteer opportunities with JCA contact the Social Justice Director via the contact form on the website.
Semester 2 is officially started and there is some exciting JCA opportunities coming up fast!
JCA is having a weekend away to Katoomba with the refugee children helping supervise on the 7th -9th August. Leaving in the evening and arriving back at lunch time. Transport and accommodation is paid for.
It's going to be lots of fun and the only thing you need to donate is your time!
... But it's not all good news, this is only available to the first THREE people to contact JCA director Heidi Pfeiffer via email --> firstname.lastname@example.org or via facebook message!
If you have any more questions please do not hesitate to contact Heidi.
This year we are again entering an ACU Law team in the Walk for Justice. The Walk for Justice is a fundraising initiative for the Pro Bono law group Justice Connect. All money raised will go towards funding Pro Bono services for Australia's most disadvantaged. We are trying to raise more money than last year, so we can carry the flag and get some more publicity for ACU Law while helping a really good cause and having a fun morning off class.
If you would like to donate money, click here. https://shoutforgood.com/teams/acu-law
If you would like to walk, ACU Law team is looking for between 20-30 members. If you would like to get involved, please use the Get Involved form.
On the day ACU was represented by several students and staff. As ACU managed to raise a large amount of funds for Justice Connect, alongside with CBP, ACU was fortunate to lead the Walk for Justice 2015.
Josephite Community Aid (JCA) is a Catholic community organisation and through youth volunteering and structured programs, JCA is committed to assisting marginalised and isolated individuals find empowerment and self-sufficiency. These school holidays, JCA will be running a number of school holiday workshops for children from refugee backgrounds. If you're keen on making the school holidays special for these kids and getting involved in activities such as netball, basketball, soccer, cheerleading, hip hop classes or graffiti, please get in contact with JCA.
Note: All workshops are from 10am-2pm
Location: JCA Centre, Seven Hills