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Letters of hope from St Rita’s students sent to make a difference in time of pandemic

Letters of hope: St Rita’s College Hogan House captains Anna and Taylor, along with Xaverian House captain Caroline, write letters to those who may be isolated or working on the frontline.

A LETTER from a stranger can be a huge boost if you are alone in this time of isolation, or if you are stressed working on the frontline of the coronavirus crisis.

Students at St Rita’s College, Clayfield have written letters to the elderly, veterans and healthcare workers, offering a ‘virtual hug’ and letting them know they are appreciated during this unprecedented time.

The College has distributed letters to a number of local hospitals, nursing homes, Meals on Wheels branches and RSLs in the lead up to Anzac Day, after services were cancelled this year.

St Rita’s College deputy principal – students Catherine Allen said the exercise would benefit both the letter writers and those who receive them.

“In a time when it can be easy to focus on how things are negatively impacting ‘me’, we think it is important to offer opportunities for the girls to look outward and serve the community,” Ms Allen said.

“The letters are one way of doing this and also allow us to act on our pillars of compassion and hope.”

Year 10 student Isabella said she hoped the gesture would make a difference.

“We are living in extraordinary times,” she said.

“The opportunity to write letters to those who have also experienced extraordinary times – our veterans and our elderly, allowed us to think further than how things are impacting us.”

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