Australia is the only country in the world that covers an entire continent – the continent of Oceania. Australia is the sixth biggest country in the world! As more than one-third of Australia is desert, most Australian cities and farms are located in the southwest and southeast, where the climate is more comfortable. The famous outback (remote rural areas) contains the country’s largest deserts, where there are scorching temperatures, little water, and almost no vegetation.
Nearly a quarter of the people who live in Australia were born in other countries, making it one of the most ethnically diverse countries in the world. In Australia children who go to Catholic schools like yours make a special effort in October, to pray and share for Mission Together. They call the month ‘Socktober’ and take part in different fundraising activities, like ‘Rock Your Socks Off’ dance parties, and sock puppet shows, where children act out stories from the Bible that remind us of how we are to share God’s love with everyone, everywhere.
Many Catholic school pupils also take part in fundraising soccer competitions (soccer is Australian name for football). You can see a film advertising one of these soccer fundraisers below. Money raised for Mission Together by children in Australia helps support children around the world, including Myanmar and Papua New Guinea. Why not travel there next?