COLLEGE STUDENTS LEAD RECONCILIATION WALK TO MARK 20 YEAR ANNIVERSARY
When: Friday, 28 May 2021 at 9.00am
What: The students of Good Samaritan College will lead members of the Toowoomba Catholic Schools Office on a Reconciliation walk from Lawrence Street to Queens Park, in recognition of 20 years since the 2001 Sydney Harbour Bridge walk.
Where: 29-33 Lawrence Street, Toowoomba (Toowoomba Catholic Schools Office)
The Reconciliation Walk will begin with a smoking ceremony, acknowledgement of country and prayer on the lawn of the Toowoomba Catholic School Office. The students and teachers of Good Samaritan College and staff of Toowoomba Catholic Schools will then walk together to Queens Park.
“The students of Good Samaritan College were discussing Reconciliation Week and how they would acknowledge and demonstrate their commitment to reconciliation during this week. They believed that re-enacting the Reconciliation Walk, 20 years on, in Toowoomba was a positive and public way to show that they are making a contribution. By choosing to start at the Toowoomba Catholic Schools Office, they wanted to also show that they are supported by and walk along Catholic education in making a difference,” said Mrs Liisa Hammond, principal of Good Samaritan College.
Lachlan Ott, Indigenous Good Samaritan Student, "Reconciliation needs to be more than just a word. The past has to be acknowledged and dealt with so that we can move into the future. Sorry isn't sorry without action. So GSC has chosen to walk the walk, not just talk the talk to represent that we are the change not just simply expecting others to do it for us."
Media are invited to attend and the principal and students will be available for photographs/filming and interview.