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October 2015 News

Chantal’s moving poem inspires action

  • Written by  Elissa Dowling
Year 6 DDCS student Chantal Calvert Photo: Provided

When 11 year old Chantal Calvert put her pen to paper recently, the words that she wrote seemed beyond her years. 

The Year 6 Darling Downs Christian School (DDCS) student composed a poem “Fasting for Freedom” as part of the school’s effort to raise money for girls being trafficked in Nepal.

“I was just thinking about the girls in the Asian countries and how they would feel if they were pushed around and made to do things they didn’t want to do,” Chantal said. 

“We can help change the lives of the little girls who don’t have lives as good as us.”

80 students participated in the school’s “Fast for Freedom” campaign this year, together collecting $6000 for “Project Safe Haven” an initiative of Asian Aid who provide resources and opportunities for schools to make students aware of social justice issues around the world.

Chantal’s poem not only moved teachers and pupils to tears when she recited it at a recent chapel, but it was also performed at a special “Spoken Word” event by Asian Aid in Sydney, along with compositions from 20 other young poets.

“I’d really like to honour her creativity and dedication to write such a moving and emotionally vulnerable piece at such a young age”, Marketing Coordinator for Asian Aid Joshua Moses said.

DDCS school chaplain Arlagene Groves thanked the generous support of local businesses who both supported the initiative and donated $850 worth of vouchers in prizes for participating children.

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