Rosebank College raises $12,600 for bushfire appeal
Colourful posters announcing fundraising efforts are a familiar sight along the corridors of Rosebank College in Five Dock, with students and staff collaborating regularly to raise funds and awareness for a variety of causes.
The recent bushfires in the Blue Mountains have had a damaging and far-reaching effect, with a number of the school’s students connected to the area.
This, combined with the College’s enthusiasm for giving back, led the Principal, Mr Tom Galea, to declare a whole school Mufti Day in aid of those affected.
The Mufti Day was embraced by both students and staff and raised $12,600.
Helping the Springwood community rebuild
On 27 November, Mr Galea and 18 Rosebank students from Years 7-11 travelled to St Thomas Aquinas Primary in Springwood to present the cheque to Very Rev Chris De Souza VG EV, Vicar for Education, who accepted the donation on behalf of the St Thomas Aquinas Parish and Springwood community.
The sobering event was made even more meaningful following the formal presentation when junior students from St Thomas Aquinas Primary were paired with a Rosebank buddy and given a tour of their grounds and told, first hand, of the effect the fires have had on their school and families.
Georgia Moffitt, 14, said, “I spoke to Eve, a Year 3 student whose mother is a police officer and father a volunteer firefighter. Eve described her experiences and experiences of her friends and told me of her new ambitions to become a police officer, paramedic or firefighter.”
Heroism, resilience and mutual support
Mr Galea views the journey to the community as a privilege.
“As with all giving we were the recipients of much more than we gave, including an extraordinary welcoming and thankful community, stories of heroism and resilience and experiences of mutual support,” he said.
“We know that the healing and rebuilding process will be long and difficult and we know that the funds donated will be a great help.”
St Thomas Aquinas Parish Priest, Fr Paul Slyney, is looking forward to using some of the funds raised to create school holiday camps for the students of both St Thomas Aquinas and St Columba’s High School.
Rosebank College is an independent, co-educational Catholic school in the Archdiocese of Sydney for students in Years 7-12.
Founded in 1867 and owned by the Sisters of the Good Samaritan, the College has a rich Benedictine heritage.http://www.rosebank.nsw.edu.au/
The Catholic Diocese of Parramatta's Bushfire Appeal is assisting those affected by the fires. It is being co-ordinated by CatholicCare Social Services Parramatta.
Donations to the appeal can be made through CatholicCare Parramatta’s website: www.ccss.org.au
People directly affected by the fires should contact CatholicCare Parramatta for support by phoning 02 9933 0233.
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