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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@stkevins.vic.edu.au OR       Bernie McMonagle               bernie@isto.com.au

African Immersions

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 

Latest News

Upcoming Events

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 Page

Thank you so much for your overwhelming support of the Zimele Walkathon. There were 830 participants and over $30,000 was raised for the single mothers and children of Eldoret. The proceeds will help marginalised girls in Kenya, discriminated against because of poverty and gender, to receive an education. It will enable single mothers with HIV to receive medication and counselling so they can live their lives with dignity and watch their children grow. Happy news for those most in need.

It was a great community day filled with goodwill and a generous spirit. We were blessed with a beautiful morning. Walkers and runners enjoyed each others company with a sizzling sausage. Stalls were busy with the selling of jewellery made by women in the slums of Kibera and Eldoret. Children had fun throwing frisbees and bouncing around the jumping castle. Thank you to everyone who volunteered in so many ways to make the day so special.

African Immersion  2014                               The 2014 Immersion takes place from Friday June 20th to Friday July11th. This year's immersion participants are Tom Purcell, Michael McGirr, Hartley Stone, Kate Johnson, Brian Clarke, Sebastian Purcell, Claire Dillon, Ben Hall, Bec Hurley Wise, Nick Bertacco, Alex Mitchell, Luke Troiano, Emeric Sand, Roland Stagg, Conor Utri, Jordan Yapp, Robert La Marca, Steph Davies and John Mount. The party will fly to Johannesburg where they will visit key sites in the struggle for freedom, including a day in Soweto. They will then fly to Kenya and spend time visiting key Christain Brothers ministries in Nairobi and Eldoret. Then to Arusha, Tanzania, and Edmund Rice Sinon College and related ministries. The party return to Melbourne on Friday July 11th.

Click here for John Mount's moving account of the 2013 immersion.





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 bernie@isto.com.au if you can help.