ENGAGE - Socktober invites schools to engage with mission in an holistic way within the head, heart, hands model: encouraging a learning mind, an open heart and hands for action. Children experience how their brothers and sisters around the world play the game of soccer, learn about life in Cambodia and other developing countries, and take concrete action with the support of their family and friends.
LEAD - Socktober provides children with the opportunity lead in mission by sharing their story of support with their family and friends. Register your child today, so that they can participate and share their inspiration.
CHALLENGE - Socktober resources have been designed by an experience team of educators for discussion and engagement between children, their classmates and their families before, during and after Socktober. The weekly learning modules include interactive material which forms an integral part of the learning pedagogy.
CREATE – As part of Socktober, children make their own recycled ‘sockball’ – a replica of the type of ball thousands of children throughout the world use each day. Click here to view 'How to make a Sockball'.
CELEBRATE - A Socktober Mission Day is an opportunity for your school to participate in additional activities including fun workshops, a penalty shootout game, and 360-degree virtual reality experiences. A Socktober Mission Day adds depth to children’s experience of mission and an understanding of how daily life is similar and different in countries such as Cambodia. For help with planning your Socktober Mission Day, please contact your local Diocesan Director, or email email@example.com to learn more.
Register your child as a Socktober Star online today and help set up their supporter page so they can start raising money. Set a target your child would like to reach, and share the page with your family and friends to help your child reach their goal.
The secure and user-friendly registration process only takes a couple of minutes!
As part of this year's Socktober Challenge students will be learning about how they can help make a difference to the lives of children just like them around the world. Over six weeks, our exclusive Mission Packs take your child on a journey around the world in mission, from scorching southern India to Ethiopia, back to Thailand, and across the border to Cambodia, where we will celebrate World Mission Month.
Along the way, they can view these fascinating places in 360-degree virtual reality, discover the stories of children just like them, and take part in fun and exciting activities, all while honing their soccer skills!
Each weekly Mission Pack incorporates principles from Pope Francis' Sport at the Service of Humanity initiative, Catholic Social Teaching, and the UN's Sustainable Development Goals, so your child gains a holistic and worldly understanding of key issues of social justice.
Pull on your crazy socks, pull out your favourite soccer (or footy) jersey, and kick goals to ‘Sock it to poverty!’
Each child kicks five balls in a penalty shoot-out style, and is sponsored by friends and family on their supporter page for five attempts. One goal attempt will be played with the students' own handmade sockballs, giving a real-life understanding of soccer in developing countries. The goalkeeper is an integral part of the game and can join in the fun. Why not invite your school principal, parish priest, or a local politician or soccer star to be your goalkeeper!
Check out this video about Socktober from St Christopher's Catholic Primary School in Panania, NSW!
About Catholic Mission
Your contributions through Socktober will help Catholic Mission provide essential support for key projects in countries right around the world, including remote Australia. You’ll be giving children the opportunity for an enriched life, regardless of race, stigma, religion or gender.
Catholic Mission relies on people like you to make our work possible. It’s the normal everyday contributions that allow us to make an extraordinary difference.
Thank you for protecting children’s rights and ‘socking it’ to poverty.