Postal Address: Zimele, c/o The Edmund Rice Foundation, PO Box 819 Parkville Vic 3052 Australia
Telephone:+61 3 8359 0115+61 3 8359 0115
Email: Tom Purcell email@example.com OR Bernie McMonagle firstname.lastname@example.org
Click here for article by Zimele sponsored Agatha Marley Difathar. The below photo is from her recent graduation. Agatha is on the right.
Reflections of the 2012 trip to Africa by teachers and former students of SKC. Life will never be the same.. Read more
Footage from the 2012 Zimele visit to Africa can be viewed on the following youtube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3gfV3BfC4EU
In 2009, seven SKC old collegians and two SKC teachers travelled to Africa. It was a life changing experience for us. Despite the poverty and harsh living conditions, there was a spirit among the people that will nourish our souls for a lifetime. Read more
2014 Zimele Dinner
Sat 23rd August at St Kevin's College, Smith Hall. Further details on Events Page
2014 Zimele Walkathon
Sun 26th October at Yarra Bend Park, Fairfield. Further details on Events PageThe 2014 East African Immersion
An essential part of the Zimele outreach is an annual ‘immersion’ in which a number of year 13 old boys of the College, and others, travel to Kenya and Tanzania and visit the ministries Zimele is supporting. The 2014 immersion participants consisted of four St Kevin’s teachers, Tom Purcell, John Mount, Michael McGirr and Hartley Stone, nine year thirteen old boys, Sebastian Purcell, Roland Stagg, Conor Utri, Ben Hall, Luke Troiano, Robert La Marca, Jordan Yap, Emeric Sand and Nick Bertacco, two year thirteen Korowa students, StephanIe Davies and Rebecca Hurley-Wise, Irish nurse, Claire Dillon, De La Salle teacher and mother of three current St Kevin’s students, Kate Johnston and St Pat’s Ballarat teacher and Sacre Coeur past student, Therese Mount. Old boy, Matthew Pitcher, who had been teaching at Sinon College Arusha, Tanzania, joined the immersion during the sporting exchange at Br Beausang.
The group visited schools, medical centres and made home visits in slum areas in Nairobi and Eldoret. Increased security alerts by DFAT prevented immersion participants from visiting the Kibera and Makuru slums where the Christian Brothers run schools, medical centres and outreach ministries, so this year they focussed mainly on the Br Beausang school, the Education for Life Centre in Eldoret and the Brothers’ ministries in Arusha, Tanzania. A special feature of this year’s immersion was the realisation of Tom Purcell’s dream of a sporting exchange between the Br Beausang school and Edmund Rice Sinon college in Arusha. Twenty eight boys and twenty eight girls from Sinon travelled to Nairobi for the exchange which was a resounding success, featuring, with volleyball and netball, the first Australian rules game on Kenyan soil between the Beausang ‘buffaloes’ and the Sinon ‘simbas’ The game was recently featured by John Anderson in a full page article in the Herald Sun. The immersion is invariably a life-changing experience for the participants, who return to Australia with a fuller appreciation of the enormous problems facing those who live in the slum areas of Kenya, Tanzania and South Sudan. A more detailed and considered reflection will appear on this website in the not too distant future.
Projects being supported in 2014
1. Eldoret, Kenya - Education for Life centre - AIDS education and medical support. Zimele hopes to build a new facility with meeting rooms, a medical centre, a micro-finance facility and in the long term a vocational trade school. Furthermore Zimele has initiated a child education sponsorship program.
Excerpts from John Mount's reflection at the centre during this year's immersion: ....the welcome we received was quite overwhelming and simply points to the fact that they see us as their saviours...the need is great.... the centre gives them hope....
Click here for John Mount's full account about this year's immersion
2. Star Support Group, South Sudan
Ways to help
There are lots of great ways that you can contribute to Zimele, both financially and through the donation of your time or services.
Our generous supporters are bringing hope to some of the most impoverished people in Africa by providing funding for projects for which the Edmund Rice Foundation (Australia) provides aid and expertise in education, health and community development.
We welcome assistance with organising our annual Zimele Dinner and our Zimele Walkathon. Please contact Bernie McMonagle on email@example.com if you can help.