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28 May 2020

Community fundraising update

As a Dominican community, we are called work together in a spirit of service,…

As a Dominican community, we are called work together in a spirit of service, to ensure all of God’s creation is treated with care and respect. As part of our commitment to the Pillar of Service, Blackfriars undertakes a wide range of fundraising initiatives during the year.

We understand that at this time, many members of our community will themselves be needing extra support and so may not be able to contribute to fundraising efforts in their usual manner. However, we have been extremely impressed and grateful that those students and families who are able to do so, have been contributing to these service and fundraising initiatives with such generosity.

Our Prefects, in particular, have led the way with many of our fundraising campaigns this year. In Term 1, they organised a barbeque fundraiser for the Mary Potter Foundation who provide outstanding end of life care to the community. Also during Term 1, and leading into Term 2, our school community raised a total of $3000 for the Project Compassion Lenten Campaign. The Primary School slightly edged out the Secondary School (by all of $55) in their fundraising efforts for this project, with Dowling (Primary) and Aquinas (Secondary) the leading fundraising Houses. The top-raising class across the school was 5LW with a total of $296.20.

This term, we turn our attentions to the annual Can Drive. This project supports the St Vincent de Paul Society (Vinnies) Winter Appeal. We will primarily be collecting cans of food and other non-perishable items as classes/home groups, but Blackfriars also has a Vinnies clothing and blanket bin on-site for other good quality donations. To harness the competitive spirit of our students, Primary classes will compete with each other to see who can collect the most cans, while Secondary Houses will compete against each other. Our Prefects have made this video to explain the process and encourage the community to give what they can this year.

So, if you are able to spare a few dollars for some cans or other non-perishable items, please send these with your son to his Primary class or Secondary homegroup. We are extremely grateful for any donations you are able to make. A reminder also that if your family is in need of financial assistance due to COVID-19, Blackfriars published the following letter at the end of March outlining how to seek this from the school:

Thank you in anticipation of your generosity and support. God bless you.

Matthew Crisanti

Assistant Principal, Religious Identity & Mission