TASTY Indian food, flowing colourful saris and impressive dancing were the mix at St Patrick’s College, Townsville on Tuesday, August 27.
Dressed in their Bollywood outfits, the students at the college were fundraising in support of the charity work of the Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea.
Under their banner of Mercy Works, the sisters use their resources to make a difference in long-term development projects for some of the most challenged people in Australia and the Asia Pacific region.
The Bollywood day activities included a fashion parade for the best dressed in each grade, cultural presentations and the highly anticipated inter-house dance-off competition. Even the teachers presented a dance, much to the enjoyment of the school.
Our own snake charmer “Yogi” Leete and snake handler Tim McCluskey had already demonstrated their talents by charming, then catching, plastic cobras from their baskets.
Having the snakes rise from the baskets was also a house competition, as each “trained” snake rose a centimetre for each $1 donated.
The role of Indian cuisine was not forgotten to set the atmosphere.
At lunchtime, students were able to purchase butter chicken accompanied by rice and pappadams generating additional funds.
The theme day is an annual event for St Patrick’s, and one that produces much enjoyment at the same time as assisting those less fortunate than ourselves which is the Mercy way.
– Mackenzie Taylor, Year 12
St Patrick’s College, Townsville