Thank you to everyone who participated in this year’s College Walkathon that took place on a beautiful Canberra winter’s day. A special thanks to all of our volunteers.
As per our very successful 2016 Walkathon, the 2017 Walkathon has a distinctive Social Justice focus. In 2017, funds raised will go towards those in our community who are less fortunate, in the following ways:
Funds raised from Walkathon this year will in part be used to support Marist Community Meals. Community Meals is a new program involving students and members of our Marist family cooking and delivering tasty, nourishing and nutritious meals to needy families within the Canberra community. Working in partnership with St Vincent de Paul and Mary Help of Christians Parish in Pearce, the program aims to assist as many needy families as possible. Our contribution will ensure the program can continue to grow sustainably and in a manner that delivers real relief and nutritious, healthy options for those families in the Canberra community who find themselves in difficult circumstances.
Part of the funds raised this year will be used to support the operations of Marist180. Marist180 operates nationwide and through their Canberra operation work closely with young adolescent refugees who have had to flee their homelands for fear of persecution. These young people are enrolled in schools, University and CIT. Our contribution will help ensure they have access to much needed scholastic materials and through sports and community activity registrations, can integrate more wholly into our Canberra community.
ACT Young Carers
Another part of the funds raised this year will go towards supporting ACT Young Carers. Carers provide unpaid care and support to family members and friends who have a disability, mental illness, chronic condition, terminal illness, an alcohol or other drug issue, or who are frail or aged. Young carers are children and young people up to 25 years old who provide care for a parent, a sibling or extended family member. This care might involve taking their parent, sibling or extended family member to medical appointments or the hospital, helping them to take their medication, helping them to wash themselves or with their personal hygiene, and also frequently doing their shopping or cooking.
Br Mark May Bursary Fund
The final part of the funds raised this year will be directed towards the Br Mark May Bursary Fund for student bursaries. These bursaries will be used to afford students within our community, who would otherwise not have the opportunity, a chance to receive a Marist education and become part of the Marist community. We know what a wonderful gift a Marist education is; being able to offer that gift to young boys and their families, who would not otherwise have the opportunity, aligns centrally with the Marist values upon which our community is built.
The 2017 Walkathon was again held at Mt Taylor and surrounds. By starting and finishing at the College, we were able to utilise our facilities and create an exciting afternoon community atmosphere with music and entertainment on our grounds.