Saturday, December 09, 2006

Peru Day

Peru Day is an annual fundraiser held at Mount Saint Joseph with all money going to the poor in Peru. The connection with Peru is a sad one. Sister Irene McCormack, a Josephite nun from Australia, was sent to Peru in 1989 to help with the poor. On Tuesday May 21, 1991 members of Sendero Luminoso (The Shining Path) entered the town of Huasahuasi and executed Irene along with four fathers from the village. Irene's only 'sins' were - dispensing 'American food' and spreading American ideas by providing Peruvian school books. The spirit of Sister Irene lives on here in Australia as well as in Peru as the girls at MSJ organized a variety of initiatives (food booths, spray-on tattoos, raffles, rock concert, show bags, haunted house, alter-ego parade and a fan favourite - poison your teacher) to raise money.

Now get this - with only students and teachers in attendance, MSJ was able to raise $15 000!!! Not bad for a day off school!

No they're not students - Monica and Angela from the Maths Dept. decided to dress up as students!

My homeroom!

Crowded in the food court!

What's an Aussie celebration without a sausage sizzle!

Special guest appearance by Adam!

Apparently I have some enemies - not once but twice students paid to create a concoction for me to drink. The second one just about did me in - veg juice, Tabasco sauce, chili, tuna, and sardine topped off with baked beans! Yuk!


At 11:14 AM, Blogger Sammyjo said...

One of the best memories I've had of MSJ would have to be Peru Day...

the best fun I've ever had, on those days!!

:-) Poison your teacher is alway a very interesting spectacle to watch, too.

At 1:35 PM, Anonymous Crystal said...

You forgot i put oyster sauce in the mixture as well :P

Cheers from Crystal

At 1:08 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wonderful blog ... great memories of your year in Australia .. it will be difficult to adjust to cold and rain in Canada! Welcome home in January. OMA


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