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Hope, peace, love

Three hands holding ceramic stars, hearts and dove sculptures
Years 2 and 3 students created ceramic doves, stars and hearts – symbols of peace, hope and love – to donate to those in need during the Hanukkah and Christmas period

Wesley students brought hope, peace and love to those in needduring the Hanukkah and Christmas period, as Kaylea Fearn explains.


Years 2 and 3 students at Wesley’s Elsternwick Campus are helping locals during the December festive season by creating and donating ceramic ornaments to be included in Richmond Churches Food Centre food hampers.

The RCFC is an ecumenical, grass-roots partnership involving the Richmond Uniting Church and other local churches that has been quietly getting on with providing food security for hundreds of people each week for 30 years – with the help of students from Wesley’s three campuses. The mission of the RCFC is to provide food security for people in the City of Yarra who have a healthcare or other Centrelink benefit card, are on bridging visas or are homeless.

Each decorated dove included a word the students associate with the season, such as ‘hope,’ ‘peace’ and ‘love’ – not only a token of beauty but also a small reminder to recipients that they are cared for and that all of us are one.

Pastor Kaylea Fearn is Chaplain at Wesley’s Elsternwick Campus.