MacKillop College in Port Macquarie Legal Justic Fund legacy lives on

POWERFUL: Talia Nardi, Chloe Densham-Ingram, Isobel Berryman and Scott Heslop dressed as who they want to be in the future. Photo: Laura Telford.
POWERFUL: Talia Nardi, Chloe Densham-Ingram, Isobel Berryman and Scott Heslop dressed as who they want to be in the future. Photo: Laura Telford.

Dressed as doctors, police officers, tradies, army soldiers and Ikea workers, students at MacKillop College donned outfits depicting what their younger selves thought they would be when they left school.

Raising money for local domestic violence prevention measures, the year 12 legal studies class hosted a bake sale and fancy dress day on May 10.

Tahlia Nardi, a year 12 legal studies student, said she is proud to be a part of the ongoing commitment to the school’s MacKillop Legal Justice Fund and leading the way in helping victims of family and domestic violence.

“The Legal Justice Fund was created in 2016 by the year 12 legal studies class and since then each year we host events at school to raise funds to help women in domestic violence situations,” Tahlia said.

“This year we wanted to host a bake sale and a free dress day with the theme ‘A future free from fear’ and encouraged everyone at school to either dress up as something they wish to do in the future, a lifestyle or what they wanted to be when they were little.

“And when I was younger I wanted to be an electrician, so that is what I came as today.

“We also had paper for people to write what their wishes were for the future which was really cool.”

Tahlia said it was really important to the legal studies class that the fund keeps going and this year they are fund raising for something specific.

“The Justice Fund was set up to help provide financial aid to women in domestic violence situations but this year we are actually raising money to fund safety cards,” she said.

“The safety cards are for women that if they get into a situation they can press a button on the card and the police will be sent immediately to their location.”

WISH LIST: Students wrote what they wish the future holds for them. Photo: Laura Telford.

WISH LIST: Students wrote what they wish the future holds for them. Photo: Laura Telford.

Maya Mackenzie, also in the year 12 legal studies class, said the bake sale was a great show of school spirit.

“I think it is absolutely wonderful that so many of the students dressed up and bought cakes because it really shows our school spirit that we are all standing together to say no to violence,” Maya said.

“It started in a legal studies class but I think the whole school in embracing raising money for our Justice Fund.

“This year we have set a target to raise $15,000 by graduation and hopefully after today we will have raised around $8,000 of that so far.”

Teacher Nicole Bailey said that she is so proud of her students for the work they are doing to raise funds for the fund.

“I have a very special group of students who are passionate about helping to stop domestic violence and on days like today I am so proud of their work and enthusiasm to embrace raising money for the Justice Fund,” Ms Bailey said.

To follow the work of the Legal Justice Fund head to their Facebook page.

STRONG LEADERS: MacKillop students dress as their future selves to raise funds for domestic violence prevention. Photo: Laura Telford.

STRONG LEADERS: MacKillop students dress as their future selves to raise funds for domestic violence prevention. Photo: Laura Telford.

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