Supporting education and related programs for the empowerment
of children, youth and their communities in the Asia Pacific

Mission Action Day (MAD)


Lasallian schools across Australia and New Zealand generously supported our work this year through their fundraising activities. Schools hosted a range of different activities ranging from walk-a-thons, sausage sizzles, casual dress days, talent quests, sports activities and competitions, food stalls and child sponsorship to raise money for their Lasallian brothers and sisters in the developing world. In some schools, this fundraising is called Mission Action Day or “MAD”. It is often held on Founders Day, a day of remembrance for the Founder of the De La Salle Brothers, John Baptist De La Salle.

De La Salle College Malvern have a long tradition of fundraising for MAD. The senior students from St Michael’s College, Henley Beach in South Australia create a MAD video every year that describes what MAD means to them and the school more widely. This has been a fantastic way for the students to creatively demonstrate and share their understanding of the social inequities children face around the world.

During the year, the Foundation visited many of the schools to share information about the impact their fundraising has supported and the changes that they have facilitated. Related social justice issues are also discussed with the students and teachers.

In 2010, St John’s Regional College rejoined the Lasallian family and made great impact in their fundraising led by their school captains and Principal, Mr Andrew Walsh, an old boy of St Bedes College, Mentone. They have raised a total of $12,000 during their “Make A Difference” Day which was an incredible effort in their inaugural year.

Here's a list of some great fundraising ideas that the schools have come up with, and below is the launch video from St Michael's in SA from their 2015 MAD Day.