“Our Students Do Amazing Things!” was the theme of a lunch held in Sydney on Sunday October 21, 2012, to launch the Sydney “Friends of the Good Sams Foundation”.
About 200 guests, including representatives from every Good Samaritan College in Australia, enjoyed listening to the conversation between four ex-students – Elizabeth Proust (ex St Mary Star of the Sea College, Wollongong), Malarndirri McCarthy (ex St Scholastica’s College, Glebe) and Krystal Barter (ex Stella Maris College, Manly).
During the panel discussion, chaired by Cheryl Akle (ex St Scholastica’s College, Glebe), each woman talked about the benefits of having a Good Samaritan education and how it has helped them.
Peter O’Reilly, one of the event organisers, said the different career paths followed by the panellists were quite varied – from establishing a cancer charity (Krystal), public service and multiple company directorships (Elizabeth), journalism and state politics (Malarndirri), to marketing professional and television book reviewer (Cheryl).
“‘Our Students Do Amazing Things!’ was certainly the theme of the day,” said Peter.
With the money raised from the event, the Sydney “Friends of the Good Sams Foundation” plan to commence a Good Samaritan College scholarship fund to assist students “in necessitous circumstances”.
“Already two major event sponsors – Carroll and O’Dea Lawyers and WN Bull Funeral Directors – have donated $5,000 each to start the scholarship fund, while proceeds from the lunch contributed at least another scholarship,” said Peter.
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Established in 1999, the Good Sams Foundation promotes and raises funds for vital outreach projects operated by the Good Samaritan Sisters and their partners.