Home' Capricornus Quarterly : July 2013 Contents Random acts
to be found
Often it’s the little things we
do in the service of others
that makes all the difference.
Here’s what some 9E students
have recently done to make
someone else’s day better....
shoes and give her a foot massage and
ask her what happened during her day.
I helped someone that was stuck on the
side of the road in the middle of nowhere
[after] they drove through 700mm of water.
In hospital I helped an older person with
her paperwork and then took it to the
counter and got her a drink of water.
We were shopping and an old lady needed a
lift because she didn’t have enough money for
the bus, so my Dad and I gave here a lift home
A Year 8 student was on crutches
and I gave her a lesson on how to
use them up and down the stairs.
RGS Students often pull
together for a cause or a
charity. These are just some of
their recent achievements:
Girl Boarders participated in Rockhampton’s
annual Relay for Life for the Cancer Council
in May. The Grammar Glitter Fairies team
(below) raised $4293, winning the Patron’s
Youth Fund Raising Shield for generating
the most funds of any youth team.
Certificate II Outdoor Education students
helped to clear and clean Great Keppel
Island beaches on a three day expedition
in Term 1, part of their ‘minimal impact’
commitment to the places they visit.
7G, for the third year running, will raise
funds for and awareness of St. Jude’s
School and poverty-stricken children
in Tanzania with its Day Without Food
and Walk with Water activities.
The Rowing Club, purchasing red and black
bandanas in support of CanTeen Bandana Day
in 2012, will build on their success last year by
buying 120 pieces for this year’s presentation
night, raising funds for the organisation that
works with young people who have cancer.
closer and closer to get involved,”
volunteers RGS student Azmee. She,
Caitlin and Ella visit with other refugees
and have given new arrivals swimming
lessons. They’ll be among participants in
Rockhampton’s Walk Together event joining
asylum seekers, refugees and other new
Australians as part of national celebrations
co-produced by Amnest y International
Australia to mark Refugee Week (June 22).
Working with members of a local
organisation, Sanctuary CQ, Rockhampton
Grammar students, with other community
members, wrote more than a hundred
letters to the Australian government
supporting Mohammad’s petition to
grant his family admission to Australia.
On 8 May Kaniz, Jasmine and Komeil
arrived at Rockhampton airport.
“It was very hard for me to be away from
them.” He had last been with them 18
months earlier, in December of 2011.
Today, five weeks later, and we’re here
in his home. Komeil – the wiry, boisterous
almost five-year-old man that he is – is
entranced by a Super Mario game (a
French version) on the laptop. Like my
own four year old, he loves computer-
based games. Mohammad has picked up
his cherub -like toddler Jasmine and has
spun her upside down, burying his face in
her tummy. She squeals and giggles and
wraps her legs around her daddy’s waist.
I ask Kaniz what it is that she wants for
her children and herself, and as Mohammad
listens intently to interpret for me I pick
up that she has said “education.”
“I want for them to have a good
education,” she smiles broadly.
It’s a dream that is shared by
hundreds of thousands of Hazara.
“100% of my people in Afghanistan, they
dream to have this life. I have my children
playing with me and they are not scared of
any more bomb blasts or shooting. My wife
said to me a few days after arriving here,
‘This is life. This is living. We sleep and there
is no fear. This is the life I was dreaming of.’”
The truth, Mohammad says quietly, is they
never thought they would have had this level
of support and acceptance in Rockhampton.
“I tell people at home what’s happened
here; that we have friends from a Christian
community helping us. They find it
unbelievable. I explain that in Australia
is does not matter what religion you
belong to or where you come from,
help is given without us even asking....
They’d like to be here as well.”
The plates, bowls, saucers and tea cups
are brought back in the kitchen. There should
be muffin and crisps crumbs sprinkled all
over, but the carpets must be magic – there
are none. Even the accidentally spilled
raw sugar for the tea has disappeared.
As we rise to say goodbye – Mohammad
and Kaniz move effortlessly, I creak and
stumble on my stiff leg – I catch a quick
smile between them. A smile that months
ago had been separated by ten thousand
kilometres was now just 10 centimetres
apart. They stare at each other, frozen, like
someone has pressed pause on the remote.
And I’m reminded of the distances that
separate one people from another –
culturally, spiritually and physically – which
could be done away with if we chose to
speak, with Mohammad’s authorit y and
humility, for peace, justice and a place
that each one of us can call home. CQ
They call Australia home continued
Credit unions have doubled
over the past few years.
“The number of students saving has
increased substantially, with children
learning about money, going home and
sharing what they know with their families.’’
Philippa raised $5500 and was
supported by the Railways Credit Union.
She also worked with Village
Entrepreneurs to improve small business
owners’ operations including two pig
farmers, a fisherman and a grocer.
The owners each receive a minimum
monthly contribution of $37 from
CUFA, over a three year period, toward
improving their business until they
can support their family, save for
themselves, and achieve sustainability.
“$37 makes such a big different
in their lives. Most businesses
don’t even earn $2 a day.”
“In some ways I’m envious of the life they
live... they just seem to get by with nothing.’’
The Cambodia bike trek was challenging
but Philippa is well accustomed to life
on two wheels, after a rewarding track
cycling career which included selection in
the Australian team for the 2007 Junior
Track World Championships in Mexico.
Now a financial analyst for Aurizon on
Rockhampton, Philippa considers herself
a “social cyclist” but already would be
interested in another similar cycling
adventure to another part of the world. CQ
Cambodia lifecycle cont inued
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