Guilford Young College spreads Easter joy

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Guilford Young College spreads Easter joy

Students at Guilford Young College have spread some joy this Easter by collecting and donating more than 300 Easter eggs for distribution amongst clients of volunteer-based organisation Meals on Wheels.

As a direct result of reaching out through the college’s newsletter and Facebook page, Guilford Young College – which has campuses in Hobart and Glenorchy – was able to make up 355 bags full of chocolate sweets, which will be included in Meals on Wheels’ home delivery of meals to the individual homes of Hobart’s elderly and isolated over the Easter period. 

The initiative was formed when Year 11 students at the college were trying to find a safe avenue for volunteering despite the current restrictions around safe food handling and social distancing.

The eggs were donated by the students themselves, their families and staff. 

The Director of Ministry at Guilford Young College, Ms Simone McManus, said the students found it an enjoyable and practical expression of giving and reaching out to those who are socially isolated and vulnerable in our community at this time.

“Their own experience of not being able to see older family members at this time made this an even more poignant experience,” Ms McManus said.

The initiative formed part of the practical volunteering component of the college’s Year 11 religious education course, Exploring Issues in Society

Students also wrote a personal message of hope to the Meals on Wheels clients.

Ms McManus said the initiative responds to the college’s vision of being ‘Christ our Light’ in times of social isolation and darkness. 

“We aimed to respond within our own circle of control to be outward looking, hope-filled and Christian especially at Easter time,” she said.