Celebrating Compassion and Community

Recently, members of our Just Leadership group had the privilege of attending the Archbishop’s LifeLink Day Forum at Aranmore Catholic College. This year’s event was particularly special as it marked the 25th Anniversary of LifeLink, an organisation that has been a beacon of hope and support for countless individuals and families across Western Australia.

Established in 1994, LifeLink was created to unify and provide a recognisable identity for the various welfare and social service agencies supported by the Church in the Archdiocese of Perth. Over the years, LifeLink has become synonymous with compassion and community support, aiding those in dire need—whether they are homeless, unemployed, fleeing domestic violence, or coping with disability, addiction, or mental health issues.

Year 9 student Ava eloquently captured the essence of LifeLink Day in her reflection on the event.

“As part of Just Leadership, I had the amazing opportunity to attend the Archbishop’s LifeLink Forum at Aranmore Catholic College. Many Catholic schools came together and collaborated on their ideas about social justice issues and how the most vulnerable can be supported. Guest speakers at the forum underscored the vital role LifeLink plays in our community. I was amazed to hear that over the past 25 years, $3 million has been raised to support various agencies. Archbishop Timothy Costelloe’s address was particularly moving, as he reminded everyone of the enduring mission of Jesus: to love and serve those in need. I particularly enjoyed being able to collaborate with students from other Catholic schools and to learn about LifeLink Day.”

Her words reflect not only the significance of the day but also the lasting impact such events can have on our young leaders. The forum provided a platform for students from various Catholic schools to come together, share their ideas, and learn from one another. It was heartening to see them engage deeply with the issues at hand, demonstrating a collective commitment to social justice and the welfare of the most vulnerable in our society.

As we reflect on the 25th Anniversary of LifeLink Day, we are reminded of the profound impact that collective action and compassion can have. To learn more about LifeLink and how you can contribute to their vital work, please visit their official website. Every effort counts in making a positive impact in our community.

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