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School uses World Cup fever to help those less fortunate

posted 27 Jul 2014, 18:11 by Sean Brown   [ updated 7 Aug 2014, 22:46 by trent.johnston@syd.catholic.edu.au ]
St Therese Catholic Primary Padstow's school community (left to right) Grandfather Lewis Tulissio, Year 5's Dean Tulissio, Year 3's Sienna D'acciaro and mum Josephine D'acciaro enjoy their school's World Cup Breakfast.

Football fever gripped St Therese Catholic Primary Padstow students despite their favourite team Australia bowing out early in the 2014 World Cup and Germany being crowned as the World Champions.

The World Cup was an incredible month of football, and with all eyes focused on the event that stops the entire planet, students from St Therese took it one step further and came to school dressed in green and gold in support of those less fortunate.

Religious Education Co-ordinator Sean Brown said that the school made the most of the World Cup and organised a World Cup Breakfast fundraiser as well as a host of footie-themed activities to raise money and provide a helping hand to the St Vincent de Paul Society.

"With the World Cup being such an international event, and so many students at St Therese from a non-English background, the teachers and students thought it would be fun to get into the spirit," Mr Brown said.

"It was a fantastic morning to take advantage of the spectacular tournament and fire up the hearts and minds of students and get them excited about helping those less fortunate," Mr Brown said.

As the school's 200 students and their families watched the replay of Australia's elimination at the hands of Netherlands, the Tulissio family said it was great to draw on the enthusiasm of the World Cup to help those in need.

With flags from many nations flying, the sun shining, and the students showing off their soccer skills, there was a great atmosphere at the event.

Each student brought in a warm blanket or a gold coin donation to help raise more than $300 for the Charitable Works Fund and support the St Vincent De Paul Society's Winter appeal.