Walk for Love: Call for students to join Mary Potter Foundation event

Just 12 months after organising Blackfriars’ inaugural team in the Mary Potter Foundation’s annual Walk for Love, Year 10 student Nathan Bishop has been named an official ambassador for the event.

Last year, Nathan organised a group of 11 students to be part of the Walk for Love, raising money to support the palliative care work of North Adelaide’s Mary Potter Hospice.

He and his team hoped to raise $250. They ended up raising more than $2700 and were the highest school-based fundraising group.

In recognition of his efforts, Nathan – who is currently recruiting Blackfriars students and staff for this month’s Walk for Love – has been named one of four ambassadors for the 2024 event.

“I am so honoured,” Nathan said.

Nathan Bishop, left, with fellow Walk for Love participants Max Roque and Head Prefect Michael Ward.

“So, as an ambassador, my aim this year is to get it bigger. I want to try to encourage us to get together as a community, multiple year levels, staff involved as well, and get out and do it for a great cause.”

Nathan has already recruited a handful of teachers, the Prefect group and some international students to be part of this year’s event, on Sunday 26 May, in North Adelaide.

“And if I can get some of the younger year levels involved as well, that would be awesome,” he said.

Nathan’s own journey with the Walk for Love started in 2019, when he and his mum, Allena, took part to honour the memory of family members who had spent their final days in the Mary Potter Hospice.

Seeing the involvement of the Blackfriars Old Scholars Football Club, which has been a long-time supporter of the event, sparked Nathan’s idea of starting a school-based team.

Lucas Semcesen and Nathan Bishop are presented with the award as the highest school-based fundraising team in the 2023 Walk for Love. Picture: Mary Potter Foundation

“Every year, after doing the walk, it just makes you feel so good, so happy,” Nathan said.

“And to get my school community involved in something that I know I love, and something that I know so many people love, it feels great.

“We want to show to Mary Potter that we are Blackfriars and we’re in on this. I think the connection between Mary Potter and Blackfriars has just really grown over the past few years with Blackfriars Greatest Shave and the Walk for Love. Real connection, real love, it’s just great.”

Anyone who wishes to be part of Blackfriars’ Walk for Love team should speak with Nathan or a Head of House. The team will meet at the Walk for Love Village, inside the grounds of Carclew, 11 Jeffcott St, North Adelaide, at 9am on Sunday 26 May.

Donate to the Blackfriars team here.

Walk For Love: Where does your money go?

Your gift and fundraising will bring loving care and support to palliative patients and their families when it is needed most.

With your help, we can make a difficult time a little easier.

This care and support comes in many different forms. It is a family member being able to stay comfortably overnight with a loved one. It is having access to a fully stocked kitchen so that family members staying in, can grab a sandwich, snack, or cup of coffee anytime, day or night. It is having a relaxing facial, massage, or manicure.

It is creating mementos, a visit from one of the pet therapy dogs, recording your Life Story, or enjoying your favourite music. It is a celebration with loved ones, or the surprise of a special meal with a favourite drink or tasty treat, when families least expect it.

Source: walkforlove.org.au

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