Lasallians in Australia and worldwide have responded generously to the “La Salle for Ukrainians” Appeal that was launched by Brother Robert Schieler, the Superior General of the De La Brothers, shortly after the Russian invasion of Ukraine began.
Internationally, over AUD 235,000 has been donated by Lasallians to the Appeal, which goes toward providing aid through Lasallian schools in neighbouring countries. Donations help support humanitarian relief efforts, including providing shelter, food, clothing, medical supplies and other necessities to Ukrainian refugees.
In Australia, La Salle Catholic College, Bankstown (NSW), held a cultural day in which students baked, danced and performed. This fundraising activity led to over $3,200 being donated to the La Salle for Ukrainians Appeal. The Principal, Mr Michael Egan, noted that “acts of service is part of who we are as Lasallians and exemplified the richness of the Lasallian charism in serving the last, the lost and the least”.
Oakhill College in Castle Hill (NSW) raised over $3,700 for the La Salle for Ukrainians Appeal by holding a “Show Your Colours” Day where students and staff took the opportunity to wear their favourite sporting jersey to school.
A further $600 has been donated by staff and other individuals associated with Australian Catholic schools, particularly St Michael’s College, Adelaide (SA), St Bede’s College, Mentone (VIC) and De La Salle College, Malvern (VIC).
The Lasallian Foundation is grateful for the generous support of Australian Lasallians to the La Salle for Ukrainians Appeal and welcomes new donations as the need to support Ukrainian refugees is both growing and ongoing.