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This Friday our ERA for Change group will attend the annual ERA for Change planning day. The day is always a good chance for our young men to plan ahead for the year and decide upon what action needs to take place. Our ERA for Change group expands further upon what we do in Edmund Rice schools. Through our street vans we promote service to the community. However, through ERA for Change we go one step further in promoting 'advocacy', speaking out for those who have been silenced and making their voices heard. One of the key speakers at the event will be Rebecca Lim from the Romero Centre. In her role as Community Engagement Coordinator at the Romero Centre, Ms Lim coordinates a suite of programs and activities to support refugees and asylum seekers living in the Brisbane community, in addition to undertaking community education and outreach. Ms Fisk will also speak with the group about her recent experiences with the United Nations and practical ways our students can be involved. The day will end with students marching in the Lantern Parade. The Lantern Parade – a Walk for Refugees, organised by the Multicultural Development Association is happening at 5.30pm at Southbank Parklands, and it is an opportunity for ERA for Change members and friends to show our support for our newest neighbours – people who have come to Australia and Brisbane hoping for a better life for their families. ERA for Change will have a banner with our logo and a welcome message, and we will gather and walk together behind our banner to show our solidarity and to welcome refugees to our community. We invite all members of the St. Patrick's College community to join us.

Multicultural Development Association Refugee Football Fiesta

On Sunday 24 May, students from St Joseph's Nudgee College, St Joseph's Gregory Terrace, St. Patrick's College, and St James' College came together with Sri Lankan and Sudanese refugees to form an ERA for Change Football team, which competed in the annual Multicultural Development Association Refugee Football Fiesta.

The event, consisting of more than 30 teams of local refugees was hosted by Gregory Terrace at Tennyson, as a way to celebrate refugee communities within Brisbane and its surrounding areas. The aim of the carnival is to bring refugees from differing nations together to foster multicultural harmony and to show welcome and inclusivity. During the day we wore Terrace jerseys, Nudgee socks, and St. Pat's and St James' shorts. Carter Bell, Roy Curin and Nicolas McMillan represented St. Patrick's College.

It was quite a high standard of football, and we lost our first two games against FC Korea and Guinea fairly convincingly. However, before the next game, against event organisers MDA United, the Sri Lankan and Sudanese refugees on our team brought the team together and explained how we should play our next game. They came up with great tactics, which looked like they would be a success against this team. This proved to be the case as we managed to produce a 3-0 victory. The match finished with laughter arising from both teams involved, and as we were getting changed, a member of the unaccompanied Hazara Refugees team asked politely if we wanted to play a friendly match against them as their opposing team had left. We quickly put our gear back on and raced over to the field, and after a very close game ERA for Change scored with just minutes remaining for a 3-2 win. The atmosphere of the day was positive and energetic and really brought to the forefront how multicultural we are as a nation.

Mr Paul Corfield - Acting Assistant Principal - Identity