Donovan and mother Jessica checking out the Socktober platform

Socktober launches on World Day of Social Justice

Catholic Mission is using World Day of Social Justice to encourage schools across Australia to pre-register for its community engagement initiative, Socktober.

Socktober is held in the lead up to World Mission Month in October and encourages primary and early secondary students to raise awareness and funds for other young people affected by various social issues, including poverty, lack of education, child labour, child trafficking and homelessness.

Socktober 2020: First look!

Now is the time to pre-register your school for Socktober 2020 and get involved in the action.

Sonja Krivacic, Community Engagement Innovator at Catholic Mission, says Socktober allows students, parents and teachers to put mission into action.

‘Mission and social justice are about overcoming inequality. It is fitting that today we are launching pre-registration for this year’s Socktober, which through the world game of soccer, allows teachers, parents and students alike to be passionate missionaries, raising awareness and creating their own impact.’

A surprise packet in 2019 was Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, a small school on remote Thursday Island, which engaged the whole community in their Socktober effort, leading the way for mainland schools.

The school's Principal Majella Lynch-Harlow shared about the impact of the initiative on her students. ‘I think it is the idea that, no matter where you are and whatever your circumstances, you can be generous,' she said.

'I think for our children here, it really helps them to realise just how privileged they are, and that they have a responsibility to the people in the world around them.'

The theme for this year's United Nations World Day of Social Justice is "closing the inequalities gap to achieve social justice".

‘The Socktober initiative builds bridges between students in Australia and their peers around the world,’ says Ms Krivacic. ‘I urge you to get onboard and register today, share the cause and join this community of missionaries.’

To pre-register your school visit https://www.socktober.org.au/