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  • Mercy Youth Awards 2016

    Posted On 10 August, 2016

    ARE FOOD VANS AND SLEEPING BAGS ENOUGH?

    • Students win prestigious social justice award
    • Innovative video focuses on youth homelessness  


    St Luke’s Year 9 students, Jack Hobson and Matthew King have won the prestigious 2016 Mercy Foundation Social Justice Award with their heart-rending video that answered the question Are Food Vans and Sleeping Bags Enough?


    The Mercy Foundation Youth Awards is a video competition open to all secondary students from Years 7 to 12 across Australia and the theme for the 2016 competition was the trauma of homelessness. The Mercy Foundation is an Australian organisation committed to social justice and structural change.


    “Congratulations to Jack and Matthew for producing such a thought-provoking and moving video. We have shared it with our students and the broader school community. This subject dovetails with our strong focus on justice, compassion, humility and grace,” said Jann Robinson, Principal of St Luke’s Grammar School.


    According to Jack and Matthew, the inspiration for their video came from their own families’ passion for helping the community and the emphasis at St Luke’s on social justice and compassion.


    The video featuring Jack’s acting talents, was scripted, filmed and edited over the mid-Winter school holidays. The Award comprises of two cash prize components; a school award to be spent on social justice resources or activities and a shared cash prize for Jack and Matthew who will use their prizes to further community understanding and awareness of homelessness.