Our Lenten Project

posted Feb 26, 2018, 2:46 PM by Michelle McGarry
Dear Parents/Guardians,

The season of Lent is upon us. Lent is a time of reflection. It is an opportunity to grow in our relationship with God in a deeply personal way. It is a tradition at St. Thomas More to commit to a Lenten Project as a school community each year during Lent. This year staff and students will be exploring Canada’s Indigenous Water Crisis. 
Did you know….
20% of First Nations communities are under a boil water advisory in Canada.
In Ontario, 40% are under a boil water advisory, twice the national average.
50% of First Nations’ water treatment plants in Ontario do not have a certified water treatment operator.

During our Lenten project 2018, St. Thomas More will be learning about the importance of water and the challenges many Indigenous communities face in Canada regarding access to clean water. We believe “everybody deserves clean water”. 
The purpose of our Lenten project includes:
1. Raising Awareness of Canada’s Indigenous Water Crisis
2. Support with prayers and intentions
3. Charitable donations to NGO WaterFirst

Our fundraising efforts will be directed towards a registered Canadian charity “Water First”, which is dedicated to addressing water challenges in Indigenous communities through training, education and meaningful collaboration. Water First began working with First Nations in Canada in 2012, focusing exclusively on water challenges related to drinking water and environmental water concerns. 
You are invited to follow our journey using the Twitter hashtag #STMLent2018.
Special thanks to the STM Social Justice Club and the STM ECO-Club for their leadership with our Lenten campaign.

The first fundraiser of our Lenten campaign is scheduled for Friday, March 2, 2018, “Shades of Blue Water Theme Day”. Staff and students are invited to wear shades of blue on Friday and donate a toonie to support Water First. Thank you for your support and prayers.

With gratitude,
The Lenten Project 2018 Committee