Walk for Love 2024: Blackfriars smashes fundraising target

Blackfriars has raised a staggering $6515 for The Mary Potter Foundation as part of the 2024 Walk for Love.

The Blackfriars team – organised by Year 10 student Nathan Bishop – set out to raise $1000 for this year’s event, the second time the school has had a team take part.

Not only did they smash their goal, of the 127 teams that took part in the Walk for Love, only SA Power Networks raised more than the Blackfriars team, which, this year, included a handful of teachers.

Blackfriars students at the Walk for Love.

Nathan, who was this year named as one of four official ambassadors for the Walk for Love, was thrilled with the result.

“Every dollar makes a difference for people in palliative care in the Mary Potter Hospice, so to raise more than $6000 is unbelievable,” Nathan said.

“I have been at Blackfriars since Reception and have always been taught about the importance of charity, so to be able to achieve something like this just makes me so happy.

“Last year, we had 11 students take part in the Walk for Love, so to have a team of more than 30 this year, including four teachers, was just amazing. It was a wonderful day.”

Nathan, who has been taking part in the Walk for Love with his mum since 2019, is now aiming for bigger and even better in 2025.

“I’m not sure we can top $6000, but we’ll certainly give it a go!”

Part of the Blackfriars team at the Walk for Love on 26 May.

Overall, 1165 people raised more than $113,760 for The Mary Potter Foundation via this year’s Walk for Love.

“We were deeply moved by the kindness and generosity shown to us,” The Mary Potter Foundation said on its Facebook page.

“Thanks to each individual/team who fundraised, those who made a donation and everyone who purchased from our Walk for Love Village, we achieved our goal.

“We are over the moon with this result, which will provide loving patient care in the weeks ahead.”

“We are over the moon with this result, which will provide loving patient care in the weeks ahead.”

Since 2021, the Blackfriars community has raised almost $35,000 for The Mary Potter Foundation through Blackfriars Greatest Shave and the Walk for Love.

Earlier this year, a group of Prefects visited the Mary Potter Hospice to learn more about end-of-life care and the services and support provided by Mary Potter to patients and their families.

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