Earlier this year I highlighted the tendency people have of rising to the challenge that comes after a community or group of people has faced a significant test or trial (eg. bushfires or floods). Who would have foreseen that since writing that, not only has Australia but the entire world been thrown into the midst of one almighty challenge; one where the effects have been felt right here in our own immediate community.

I highlighted how research reveals the overwhelming generosity people will exhibit when the opportunity to contribute to a cause, show goodwill or kindness, is presented. I wrote about it in response to the record fundraising target that we as a school were approaching at that time. The final figure raised was literally a few dollars shy of $40,000, incredible!

We are excited that after many weeks of restrictions placed on our school calendar, we have once again been presented with an opportunity to practice goodwill and generosity. This week is a very special week for the Mueller College community. It is Beanies for Brain Cancer week. As we remember the life and legacy of much-loved student Asher Mashonganyika, who tragically passed away from brain cancer last year, the response from Mueller families and students has again been truly amazing. Beanies are on sale all this week, with every dollar made from purchase or donation going directly to the Mark Hughes Foundation. Money raised by this organisation, totalling over $18 million in the last 6 years, goes directly to research and treatment of this relatively unknown disease, in order to increase the survival rates of its sufferers.

Later this term on Monday 17th August, we will be holding our Shave for a Cure day. While it has been postponed from our World’s Greatest Shave event, it will still provide a public platform from which to celebrate those students who, through their generous families and friends, raised money to colour, cut or shave their hair for the Leukaemia Foundation. Through these and other opportunities we are blessed to again have, students and families can experience the true joy that giving gives. A joy that is contagious, evokes gratitude, promotes social connection and cooperation and is good for one’s overall health and wellbeing.

Ben Stiller

Term 3 News