Rice Day at Lawn school

The Southern Gazette - - NEWS -

With the help of the stu­dents, staff and com­mu­nity, Rice Day was met Wed­nes­day with great suc­cess at Holy Name of Mary Academy in Lawn.

Rice Day is a fundrais­ing ac­tiv­ity cre­ated by Two Vil­lages, with the in­tent of en­gag­ing mem­bers of the school and the com­mu­nity in eat­ing a sim­ple bowl of rice for lunch.

The ac­tiv­ity helps raise aware­ness of some of the world’s strug­gles with food sup­ply is­sues, and helps rec­og­nize the role of this food as a sta­ple for half of the world’s pop­u­la­tion.

Fifty schools and thou­sands of chil­dren through­out the prov­ince par­tic­i­pated in Rice Day this year. Stu­dents stayed in school for their lunch and were fed a sim­ple bowl of rice, while do­nat­ing money to this year’s project – the ‘ Young Farmer Scouts’ of Ti­mor Leste, small is­land coun­try near Aus­tralia.

Troy Mitchell, co-founder of Two Vil­lages, re­marked “ Young stu­dent leaders have demon­strated a keen aware­ness of global is­sues. We are so im­pressed with the many ac­tiv­i­ties which oc­cur through­out the prov­ince each year.”

The project is the fifth for the not­for-profit, Clarenvill­e-based or­ga­ni­za­tion Two Vil­lages. Two Vil­lages has part­nered this year with USC Canada to sup­port young farm­ers in Ti­mor Leste.

The project will sup­port sus­tain­able farm­ing in ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties, keep­ing young peo­ple close to home and out of city slums.

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion on Rice Day, and Two Vil­lages, visit ‘www.twovil­lages.org’.

Stu­dents at Holy Name of Mary Academy par­tic­i­pate in the prov­ince-wide Two Vil­lages project – ‘Rice Day’, held last Wed­nes­day. Photo Sub­mit­ted

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