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Christmas Marks the Advent of Kindness at Notre Dame

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Christmas Marks the Advent of Kindness at Notre Dame

This year’s advent period was full to bursting with charitable activities organised by the Notre Dame community of staff and students.

A highly successful reverse advent appeal was set up to benefit Leeds Women’s Aid, which you can read about here: https://www.notredamecoll.ac.uk/index.php/news/in-the-lead-up-to-christmas-2019-the-notre-dame-community-took-part-in-a-reverse-advent-calendar-appeal/

Collections were made for the following advent charities, which is a long-standing tradition at college:

To celebrate the feast of the college (the Feast of the Immaculate Conception) PTE students focused on one of our core values, gratitude. With encouragement from staff, students considered all they are grateful for: from simple things like food and water to freedom of speech and free health care. Our students also wrote anonymous notes of gratitude to their teachers and other vital staff such as our cleaners, catering and office staff, thanking them for all they do.

Lastly, but by no means least, we considered and reflected upon those who stand up for what is right and are often imprisoned as a result. Inspired by Terry Waite's story of receiving a card when imprisoned in Lebanon, the students wrote to people in a similar position, and the college sent on their messages of hope.