On Wednesday 15 May, La Salle College held its annual Make A
Difference Day (also known previously as Mission Aid Day) to coincide with St
John Baptist de La Salle’s Feast Day (celebrated on the same day) which echoes his
teachings of focusing and helping the least, the last and the lost. We
also celebrate this year the Tercentenary of the death of our Founder and
Patron Saint of Teachers.”
The day began with Mass, celebrated by Fr Michael Leek and concelebrated by Fr John Daly and the Homily by Br Lewis Harwood, De La Salle Brother and Director of Vocations. The Share the Missions Volunteers also provided the College community with an insight into where the funds from Make A Difference Day will be going.
In 1963, the Principal of
La Salle College, Middle Swan, WA, began an annual event as part of the push to
raise finances for the school to continue. It was completely a mad-cap event,
and as such, it was eagerly awaited by all students. Incredible schemes were
concocted to get those few extra cents – a mini golf course on the Brothers’
back lawn, raffles, pony rides, cake and sweet stalls, and many others. St
Brigid’s allowed the girls to come along and take part in the fun and so, for
the boys, the day was the highlight of the school year.
This continued through to the
nineties, however, proceeds were sent to the missions in Nigeria, where former staff member Sr
Gertrude, now worked. The change of name
to Mission Aid Day followed to reflect the true meaning of the day.
This event is now well and truly
an institution at La Salle College and in 2016 a further name change to Make a
Difference Day, reflects exactly what the students are doing while raising
money for those less fortunate than themselves.
With this knowledge of helping to
support the least, the lost and the last, the day is then devoted to raising
money and running stalls, which include a dunking machine, sumo wrestling,
climbing wall, inflatable amusements, photo booth, temporary tattoos, zorb
ball, face painting, coloured hair, food, drinks and activity stalls.
Message from Br Robert Schieler, FSC, Superior General, De La Salle Brothers
we joyfully celebrate the memory and legacy of John Baptist de La Salle. We
prayerfully recall that he was impelled by the Holy Spirit to announce the
Gospel to the poor. We gratefully acknowledge that he sowed the seeds for
today's flourishing Lasallian ministry of human and Christian education. We
sincerely thank him for founding the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian
Schools and for inspiring Brothers and Partners to be ambassadors of Jesus
Christ. We enthusiastically join our students in meditating on the Word of God
and serving as agents of the Good News.
and during this Lasallian Jubilee Year let us increase both our efforts to
insure that our educational communities continue to be experiences of the
presence of God and to encourage young men to become Brothers of the Christian
Today, through Make A
Difference Day, La Salle College stand behind our Founder, St John Baptist de
La Salle's teachings of helping the least, the lost and the last.