Posted by Chris Goodman / Gabby Russo
on 19 November 2021
Oakhill College is a community that truly cares. This was no more evident than the efforts that came from the One Foot Forward campaign for the Black Dog Institute. The program developed by our Youth Ministers Matt Murrie (Class of 2016) and Chris Watters (Class of 2019) challenged our school to come together to raise awareness of mental health and give our students and staff an outlet to reach out in times of trouble.
During the month of October, we saw 318 participants literally put their foot forward to walk, run or ride 12,606 kilometres. This was a great kickstart for people to get out and about from lockdown while promoting the importance of exercise to mood and health.
Sponsored by the wider College community, over $21,000 was raised for life-changing research into treatment and prevention of mental illness, as well as vital support services.
Some of the highlights were the staff challenging each other to go that little bit further and the connection of our Year 11 Lasallian Youth Leaders working as ambassadors of junior Tutor Groups.
At a debrief of the project during Tutor time on Tuesday, the important message was that even though the month of October was over, it is vital that the program needs to continue. Keep looking out for your mates and use the resources around you.
Keep walking - keep talking - ONE FOOT FORWARD.
Women's Community Shelters
Through Oakhill's ongoing work with women and children's shelters and victims of violence, the Women’s Community Shelters (education initiative empowering students to support local women and children in need) recently reached out, asking for a nomination for a Youth Advocate; a student who is willing, passionate, hardworking and who has volunteered their time this year consistently raising awareness and funds for The Sanctuary, our local women’s shelter.
James Stewart (Year 10) was nominated and then selected as one of two Youth Advocates.
Whilst remote learning had many challenges, our Year 9 leaders challenged the Year 9 cohort to become involved in the fundraiser STEPtember. This required participants to get out and away from their computer screens to achieve 10,000 steps every day of September.
The money raised goes towards improving cerebral palsy awareness and funding for special equipment to aid those living with the condition. Over the month, we raised $2,998.36 and stepped just over 3,700,000 steps together.