Heathdale flower 27th May 2022

Fundraising in Colour

On Tuesday 24 May, our students had a ball participating our Colour Splatacular Fun Run! With grins on their faces, they ran enthusiastically to raise money for Ukrainian Christian schools.

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2022 is the first time Heathdale Christian College has embarked on a Colour Splatacular Fun Run, which has been an opportunity for our students and broader school community to make a difference by partnering with Christian schools in Ukraine during this time of overwhelming adversity in their nation.

The children (thank you to the parents) were all kitted out in light colours, determined to have fun today. As I sit writing this (covered in colour!) I am reflecting on the fun the students have just had. Firstly, we had a whole school assembly where Mr Grace and our College Captains spoke of why we were running and thanked everyone for raising funds. We prayed to our God to help everyone in the Ukraine. Then, from Prep to Year 6, we all ran round the course in Year levels. Those who wanted to have colour on them did and others chose to concentrate on the obstacles around the course. I saw some children who even have t-shirts with 'Fun Run for Ukraine' written on them! The children were in high spirits and loved it. A special thank you to Mr Zimmerman who made very sure every child enjoyed themselves!

As for where the money goes, we have partnered with the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI), who have been deeply involved in praying for and raising funds to aid Christian schools in Ukraine.

Ways in which the money helps are:

1. Assistance with the expenses of evacuating school staff and students,

2. Support for Christian schools that are housing refugees

3. Help schools continue operations during and after the war.

Many students and families have been displaced and have experienced feelings of helplessness, but they have not lost hope and are continuing to trust God for their future. Families have fled the Ukraine capital and are spread throughout Eastern Europe. Many fathers have had to remain behind, so they pray they are reunited as families and that their beautiful school buildings will be intact if and when they can return.

ACSI has been praying the following scripture from Psalm 18:24 over the situation in Ukraine: “The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold”

A great reminder of our God, our refuge.

Thank you to all who have been involved in this event.

Written on Tuesday 24 May.