OCEANIA/AUSTRALIA - "Socktober": a game to be passionate missionaries

Thursday, 20 February 2020


Sydney (Agenzia Fides) - "Kicking poverty" with the curious and fun "Socktober" initiative: this is the objective that Catholic Mission Australia, the National Direction of the Pontifical Mission Societies in the country, proposes primary and secondary school students in the country on the occasion of the World Day of Social Justice which is celebrated today, 20 February 2020.
The Socktober initiative (which combines the term "socks" and "October"), was born as a support for Missionary October and World Mission Day, celebrated on the third Sunday of October. It aims to encourage and sensitize students to support other young people, victims of social problems such as poverty, lack of education, child labor, child trafficking and homelessness.
Starting from the theme of the Day for Social Justice 2020 that wants to "bridge the gap of inequalities to achieve social justice", and projecting now towards the missionary October, Sonja Krivacic of Catholic Mission, says that "Socktober is a simple modality that allows students, parents and teachers to put mission into practice ".
The expression "sock it to something" is an Australian expression meaning "to hit". Catholic Mission invites each child to give his contribution to solving social issues, through a football game: the children will compete, in fact, with their own recycled 'Sockball' (a ball made with many socks) and handmade, experimenting how to play football in the poorest countries, supported by Catholic Mission, where children put together many rags to make a ball, playing on clay courts.
"Mission and social justice involve overcoming all inequalities", said Krivacic on the occasion of the opening of the registration for this year's "Socktober". "With this peculiarity, playing football takes on an additional meaning: it allows teachers, parents and students to be passionate missionaries. Socktober builds bridges among students in Australia and their peers around the world", she continues, inviting students to register to "share the cause and be part of this community of missionaries".
Established in 2007 by the United Nations General Assembly, Social Justice Day focuses on promoting development and human dignity. (AP) (Agenzia Fides, 20/2/2020)