On March 17, on a beautiful Sunday morning, the Zimele Community Walk took place through the streets of Toorak. Many of us had just celebrated Mass with Fr Pat Moroney who reminded us how Zimele was rooted in the Gospel. The sense of community and comradery was palpable at Mass, during the anticipation at the start of the walk, as we made our way through the neighbourhood and at the conclusion of the event in the Glendalough grounds. As music played, participants admired and purchased hand crafted goods, including beads from the women of Eldoret and some fantastic bags and ties from the vocational training program at Brother Beausang. An amazing number of Kenshi Candles were also sold by Year 10 student, Liam Foldi. People mingled, catching up with friends and new connections were formed, all whilst enjoying a bite to eat and a drink from our volunteers from the Father’s Association. It was wonderful. Thanks to all who helped. It was a great team effort. We were especially happy to be joined by Mr Russell and his family as well as Tom Purcell, the founder of Zimele. Tom’s dog, Maximus, also joined in. So far, the event has raised over $6,200 to help our friends in Africa. Best of all, about 270 people showed their support by taking part, 100 more than last year!
This takes place on Saturday August 3rd in the Smith Hall at the Senior College Campus. It is always a marvellous event for the College community and for all of Zimele’s friends in the wider community. Start to organise your table soon. Last year, the evening involved a smorgasbord meal, musical items, entertaining and informative visual presentations of our key ministries, silent auction items, and was a great opportunity to catch up with family and friends of Zimele. The Dinner Committee, under the Chairpersonship of Jacqueline Dinan, will be finalising details soon, including booking information, so keep in touch through our website and College newsletters.
This will take place at the Senior College Campus ovals on the weekend of Saturday September 14 and Sunday September 15. It has been an exciting weekend of activity involving both students and staff of the College, and is an effective and fun way to raise important funds for our key ministries. It is expertly co-ordinated by Nick Baff and assisted by fellow staff members, Peter Mitchell, Michael McGirr, Vince Toohey, and at Glendalough, Sarah Maple. If you want to become involved or need more information, contact Nick on firstname.lastname@example.org, or any one of the other staff members.
There are two important fundraisers later in the year. It would be great if you can become involved in both, but we invite you to pencil in at least one of the following events on the College calendar. As you can see from the reports in this month's newsletter, the need is great and your attendance and support will go a long way to alleviating the often dire circumstances of our brothers and sisters in East Africa.