“Tell me and I may forget, show me and I may remember, but involve me and I’ll understand”.
These words are the motivation behind a bold and imaginative project which sees Peter Moyes Anglican Community School students involved in service work to “the poorest of the poor”. The Reachout Program is instigated by an invitation for the pilgrims to go and work in an area offering practical help and support. The idea is to take young people to another world of meaning where all their notions about comfort are challenged. They are taken out of their own comfort zone to work with compassionate, practical and faithful people who are making a difference in the lives of those that Mother Teresa called “the poorest of the poor”. These young people are yearning for a spiritual experience that is sustaining, something they can feel; something that will draw from them some commitment. In 2011, students from Years 10 to 12 will go on a Pilgrimage to Manila in the Philippines to live alongside a community which makes its daily living from fossicking through the local rubbish dump. They will work with the local Anglican Parish who have set up a school nearby for the children of the families who work the dump area. The students who have volunteered to go on this pilgrimage are an impressive group of young people who are passionate about social justice in our world.