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Contact Us

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 purcellt@trinity.vic.edu.au OR       Bernie McMonagle               cabram@bigpond.net.au


African Immersion

The 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. Click here for John Mount's full account of the 2014 Zimele immersion.

Latest News

Upcoming Events for 2015

2015 Zimele Dinner August 29th

2015 Zimele Walkathon October 25th

Summary and photos from past years' events on Events Page



 Fund Raising

Zimele’s main fund raising functions are the Zimele Dinner and the Zimele Walkathon. Both events have been very well organised by their committees and have been very successful fund raisers. The dinner has been held at St Kevin’s College in the Smith Hall and has attracted about 450 patrons each year. A special highlight has been the presence of Kenyan and Tanzanian ministry leaders whom Zimele and the Brothers have flown out especially to speak at the dinner about their work. This has enabled  dinner attendees to make a vital personal connection with our ministries in East Africa.  The Walkathon is held at Yarra Bend and attracts about 600 walkers. Both events are co-ordinated by committees that are working hard to expand their events each year. 

Projects being supported in  2015

Zimele has three major commitments for 2015:

1. The Brother Beausang Primary and Secondary School, Nairobi, Kenya.

2. The Education for Life Centre, Eldoret, Kenya.                        

3. Star Support Group, Yambio, 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 cabram@bigpond.net.au if you can help.