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Matt in Kerema. Photo cour tesy of Investa Treks, a Newcastle -based trekking company.
(l-r) Members of St Paul s Primary School Rutherford
debating team Isabella Sherring, Hollie Adamson,
Isabella Wightman and Luke Nepia, with teacher
YEAR 11 STUDENT and newly elected captain of St
Francis Xavier's College Hamilton, Matt Newman, has
been on something of a roller coaster ride since ANZAC
Day. As part of the combined schools' organising committee
for the ANZAC Day Commemoration Ceremony, he was
invited to apply for a Salvation Army sponsored trip to
Papua New Guinea.
For his first two weeks, Matt was involved in a building project
in the remote village of Kerema where the Salvation Army
was building regional headquarters to co-ordinate aid for the
Gulf Province. Matt took time out to get involved in the local
primary school where he assisted with Maths and English
teaching. He also visited sick children in the hospital and
couldn't help but compare the standard of care and the state
of the hospital building with our own well-equipped hospitals.
His shocked response to the very basic conditions of that
hospital resulted in a fundraising campaign on his return to
secure and send much needed supplies. Matt acknowledges
that we take our lifestyle for granted but said "Experiencing
the harsh poverty of life in Papua New Guinea made me
appreciate how good we have it in Australia."
The latter part of his trip was spent walking the Kokoda Track,
a worthwhile but very challenging experience. Matt's trek
coincided with the 70th Anniversary of the Kokoda Campaign.
Meeting one of the last remaining Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels
highlighted a very emotional journey. Final days were spent in
Buna on the shore where the Japanese first landed in Papua
New Guinea. Matt admitted, "Completing the Kokoda Track
helped me put into perspective the challenges and hardships
we face in Australia."
For more information on Kokoda Trek or Building Project go
When Matt Newman was given an opportunity to walk the Kokoda
Track, he was struck by the challenges the local people face daily,
living with limited education and health facilities. This experience
put his challenging trek and life at home into a new perspective.
Rio de Janeiro is the host city for the 2013 World Youth Day (WYD) where
Catholic youth from all over the world will celebrate their faith with the Pope.
The Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle is organising a 21 day pilgrimage, departing
on Saturday 13 July 2013 featuring 5 days in Buenos Aires, 3 days at the Iguazu
Falls, and 8 days in Rio de Janeiro to celebrate WYD Week. The final 2 days will
be spent in a post WYD Retreat. Fr George Anthicad will accompany the group.
Cost of the pilgrimage is $5,795.
For full details of the package visit www.wydtours.com For more information
P Elroy Aguiar 4942 2374, M 0434 283 004 or E firstname.lastname@example.org
After progressing through the quarter
and semi-finals, St Paul's students were
the winners of the Maitland-Newcastle
Diocesan Primary Debating Competition.
In second place was the team from Holy
Name Primary Forster .
Students had to rely on others for support
to complete activities, thus providing
them with a different perspective and
understanding of people with disabilities.
Prior to this the students were involved in
a sleep out, braving the cold and focusing
on 'homelessness' for a night.
By JUDI MCLEAN
Students from St Peter s Campus Maitland participating
in a disability awareness lesson.
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