“Our students do amazing things!” That’s the theme of a fundraising luncheon in Sydney next Sunday October 21, featuring four high profile graduates of Good Samaritan Colleges.
The four graduates – Elizabeth Proust, Malarndirri McCarthy, Krystal Barter and Cheryl Akle – who have all gone on to make significant contributions to Australia’s business, political, media, community and literary sectors, will be special guests at the luncheon which aims to establish a scholarship fund for disadvantaged students.
“It’s not too late to book a seat,” said Peter O’Reilly, one of the event organisers, “but those interested need to contact us soon!”
Apart from enjoying a three-course meal with wine, Peter said a highlight for guests will be hearing Cheryl engage Elizabeth, Malarndirri and Krystal in a conversation about the varied paths each has taken, both personally and professionally, since completing school.
“Thanks to our generous sponsors, we have also secured a wonderful set of raffle prizes, including four iPads, a weekend away at Eaglereach Wilderness Resort, Vacy, a bundle of books to the value of $500 and an $800 travel voucher,” said Peter.
“We are keen to see ex-students, parents and friends of ex-students, and those in the broader Sydney community, whose lives have been touched by the Good Samaritan Sisters when they staffed so many of our Sydney schools.
“Our hope is to raise about $15,000 which we then will offer as $5,000 scholarships, together with scholarships already donated, to assist potential students [of Good Samaritan Colleges] ‘in necessitous circumstances’.”
Hosted by the Good Sams Foundation, which promotes and raises funds for vital outreach projects operated by the Good Samaritan Sisters and their partners, the luncheon is the first event for the NSW Friends of the Good Sams Foundation.
What? Fundraising luncheon: “Our students do amazing things!”
When? Sunday October 21, 2012 @ 12 noon
Where? Trixie Forest Centre, St Scholastica’s College, 4 Avenue Road, Glebe Point, Sydney
Cost? $100 per person (Lunch includes entree, main and sweet mini desserts to have with coffee. Wine will be served)
Bookings? Mary Robinson, Good Samaritan Offices Ph: (02) 8752 5303.
Meanwhile, the Good Sams Foundation’s 2012 Christmas Appeal has been launched, and like last year, individuals and groups are encouraged to support the appeal through a wine fundraising drive.
With each case of wine or gift pack purchased through the Foundation’s fundraising partner, Prospect Wines, a percentage of the sale will be directed to the Foundation’s appeal.
The Foundation’s Business Manager, Sarah Fraser-O’Brien, said all funds raised through the appeal will be distributed to Good Samaritan ministries in Australia and overseas, including the Indigenous community of Santa Teresa near Alice Springs, the Good Samaritan Inn in Melbourne, the transitional accommodation program for women in Brisbane, the Good Samaritan Early Childhood Centre in Kiribati and the Good Samaritan Kinder School in the Philippines.