Hayden Rujak is another Year 7 student who has achieved something remarkable in his pursuit of serving those less fortunate. Hayden and his sister Stephanie set up a charity called ‘Hayden’s Helping Hands’. They work together with their friends and family to support those in need, targeting social isolation and inequality across the streets of Melbourne. The charity has inspired 20 volunteers to support their cause, distributing over 1,500 clothing items and 1,600 food items to those most in need.
“My dream is that one day there will be no homeless and no people sleeping rough in Melbourne. Everyone’s basic human right should be to shelter and food. What an amazing world we would live in if everyone was able to do something every day to leave the world in a better place than they found it. By each doing a little bit, together we can make a difference.”
Hayden and his sister achieved a place on the Diana Award Roll of Honour 2019 which is in recognition of young people around the world who have demonstrated their ability to inspire and mobilise new generations to serve their communities and create long lasting change on a global scale (diana-award.org.uk, 2019).
At Whitefriars, our mission is to empower young men to live with integrity through experiences of community and prayer and through a sensitivity to justice. We must always remember to search for little heroes in our community and celebrate their achievements.
Mr Mick Lafferty, Deputy Principal – Students