This is an extract of Zoe’s blog:
“When I heard about this, I said that these refugees don’t deserve to be punished like this. They are humans just like us! We happened to be born in Australia, and they happened to be born in Sierra Leone. What have they done wrong? They don’t deserve this. Think about it. What if it was you who was trying to enter Australia? If I lived in Sierra Leone, I would be trying everything I could to get out of that country. All I wanted was to live in another country, and I was told that I could not live in another country.”
And further on:
“We have luxuries here in Australia. We have fresh drinking water, computers, houses, jobs, education and television. We have more than we could expect, more than the basics. A family has extra cash. What do they do with it? They don’t think about those poor people like in Sierra Leone who a lot of them don’t have a house to live in or even enough food to eat! So what does that wealthy family do with their extra money? The go out and buy ANOTHER T.V. “One with a bigger screen,” they say. “Or a computer with a flat screen, or a lap-top that I can carry around with me.”As you can tell, the whole blog post is very powerfully written.
But the students didn’t stop with the research and writing. They wanted to do something more. And so they decided to hold a cake stall to raise money to help the refugees in Australian detention centres. The students all participated. They did all the work themselves. And they were so proud when they raised over $200 in one lunchtime. This was largely as a result of their passionate concern for the well being of others. The students were very clear that they do not want this issue to be a transient one. They want to keep learning and keep acting. And they want to keep publishing their findings and their thoughts on the internet. Wow!