In addition to Sunday’s fundraising, we have also had a group of students in Years 7 and 8 selling 3D printed koala bears. The boys came up with this idea after discussing the devastation caused by the fire; so well done to Henri, Yuri, Ruben, Alessandro, Christopher, Miki, Thomas, Hyunsung, Leon, Tevin and Cooper. I know Mr Lancaster has been incredibly impressed with the actions of these young philanthropists and he will be commending them personally after the Chinese New Year celebrations.
The tragedy in Australia is dreadful and we hope the families affected by this disaster can return to some level of normality soon. However, if there are positives to come out of this situation I would like to think it is the way communities have pulled together in difficult circumstances. When I attended the boot camp on Sunday it was great to see so many people representing so many different nationalities uniting for a common cause. Likewise, the boys who are selling the koala bears are not Australian, they come from a range of different countries, but they clearly understand that the suffering of others can be lessened by lending a hand. The people affected by this disaster are primarily Australian, but those trying help are global citizens with a desire to make life better for everyone. That is why I feel privileged to be part of this community and it is why I am confident when students leave BISS Puxi they do so as more empathetic people and as globally aware citizens.