For the past ten years, McCarthy Catholic College, a high school in Tamworth,
in the diocese of Armidale in northern New South Wales, has been a great supporter of the work of Catholic Mission.
In support of Socktober – students participate in a 14 kilometre walk-a-thon, where they are encouraged to fundraise $2 per kilometre. Students also run fundraising stalls and activities during the term and on the day itself.
Luke Adams, teacher in charge in 2016, said
“I tell the kids to find three people who will give them ten dollars. If you can’t do that, then ask six people to give you five dollars, or fifteen people to give you two. Thirty dollars is an achievable target”.
The walk-a-thon has raised more than $200 000 since it started in 2007 and is now part of the school’s culture. The event even stops traffic on one of Tamworth’s busiest streets!
The success of the event is testament to McCarthy’s great school spirit and demonstrates the value of whole-school participation and setting goals for the student’s contribution.