By Jessica Anstice
Healthcare workers in the Cardinia Shire and Casey have been overwhelmed by a wave of gratitude from local children.
Beaconhills College students and Little Beacons Early Learning Centre kids from both Berwick and Pakenham campuses recognised the impact the coronavirus pandemic has had on healthcare workers.
Combined, the students designed and created 1740 thank you cards to express their appreciation towards the important frontline workers.
“We wanted to communicate with frontline healthcare workers across all of Casey and Cardinia that our Beaconhills community is incredibly grateful for the amazing work they do to keep us all safe and healthy,” Beaconhills College head of citizenship and service Clare Tuohy said.
“The students put enormous effort into the project and really enjoyed the actual activity of writing their words and decorating the cards.
“They were really pleased to have the opportunity to say thank you. I think it gave them enormous pride to be a member of a community that really values and openly acknowledges the work of others.”
Among the organisations that received cards was Monash Casey, Monash Health Community in Pakenham, St John of God in Berwick and more than 35 medical clinics in Cardinia Shire and City of Casey.
Many of the cards read messages such as ‘you are all heroes’ and ‘your work does not not unnoticed’.
“We’re teaching our students to value contributions to causes greater than themselves,” Ms Tuohy explained.
“We’re also building in each student an intrinsic need to always go out of their way to take actions for the greater good and common good of others and hopefully this intrinsic desire will stay with our students long after they leave Beaconhills.
“We hope to establish a lifelong habit of giving back for the greater good.”