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Who was Edmund Rice? And what is Edmund Rice Day all about this year?

Watch this video presented by our student leaders which tells you more about Edmund Rice and how you can get involved in Edmund Rice Day 2021.

This year the College celebrates the feast day of our founder Edmund Rice on Friday 30 April. The day has a dual focus on celebrating our identity and giving practical expression to our commitment to those less fortunate. 

This year the student leaders have set a goal of raising $50,000 on Edmund Rice Day. In order to achieve this, they are asking that each student contribute $30 or families with more than one student contribute $50.  

Funds raised this year will be directed internationally, in Uganda and Timor Leste. In Uganda we hope to continue to help provide food and education for students at St Joseph’s Secondary Vocational School in Kensekka and help finance the completion of a much-needed second classroom block. 

This is an area where ”70% of all households survive on less than three dollars (US) per week. Many children live alone, many orphaned as a result of HIV /AIDS. These children are left to fend for basic needs like food shelter and clothing and education”. Education can break the poverty cycle and we have the power to achieve this.

In Timor we plan to support the community of Viqueque. Locally we hope to provide support for Edmund Rice camps which provide holiday camps for children from poor and refugee families, and Lifeboat which provides support for survivors of sexual abuse.

I ask all who have the capacity to help to do so because supporting those most in need is part of our history, our culture and our obligation. 

Tony Paatsch, College Principal 

Oscar Morrison – College Captain
William Baum – Deputy College Captain
& Matueny (Benji) Mangar – Deputy College Captain