Due to a significant deterioration in the weather forecast for Wednesday 16 August, the decision was made to postpone our College Walkathon until Tuesday 22 August. All arrangements for the day, at this stage, remain the same.
Whilst it is disappointing that we could not proceed as planned due to the weather, it gives students extra time to continue to seek pledges and raise money for our wonderful social justice causes, as listed below.
Parents who volunteered to assist will be contacted separately to confirm their availability, and other parents who might now be able to volunteer are invited to contact the College.
We look forward to Walkathon now taking place on Tuesday 22 August.
As per our very successful 2016 Walkathon, the 2017 Walkathon will have a distinctive Social Justice focus. In 2017, funds raised will go towards those in our community who are less fortunate, in the following ways:
Funds raised from Walkathon this year will in part be used to support Marist Community Meals. Community Meals is a new program involving students and members of our Marist family cooking and delivering tasty, nourishing and nutritious meals to needy families within the Canberra community. Working in partnership with St Vincent de Paul and Mary Help of Christians Parish in Pearce, the program aims to assist as many needy families as possible and our contribution will ensure the program can continue to grow sustainably and in a manner that delivers real relief and nutritious, healthy options for those families in the Canberra community who find themselves in difficult circumstances.
Part of the funds raised this year will be used to support the operations of Marist180. Marist180 operates nationwide and through their Canberra operation work closely with young adolescent refugees who have had to flee their homelands for fear of persecution. These young people are enrolled in schools, University and CIT. Our contribution will help ensure they have access to much needed scholastic materials and through sports and community activity registrations, can integrate more wholly into our Canberra community.
ACT Young Carers
Another part of the funds raised this year will go towards supporting ACT Young Carers. Carers provide unpaid care and support to family members and friends who have a disability, mental illness, chronic condition, terminal illness, an alcohol or other drug issue or who are frail or aged. Young carers are children and young people up to 25 years old who provide care for a parent, a sibling or extended family member. This care might involve taking their parent, sibling or extended family member to medical appointments or the hospital, helping them to take their medication, helping them to wash themselves or with their personal hygiene, and also frequently doing their shopping or cooking.
Br Mark May Bursary Fund
The final part of the funds raised this year will be directed towards the Br Mark May Bursary Fund for student bursaries. These bursaries will be used to afford students within our community, who would otherwise not have the opportunity, a chance to receive a Marist education and become part of the Marist community. We know what a wonderful gift a Marist education is; being able to offer that gift to young boys and their families, who would not otherwise have the opportunity, aligns centrally with the Marist values upon which our community is built.
The 2017 Walkathon will again be held at Mt Taylor and surrounds. By starting and finishing at the College we can utilise our facilities and create an exciting afternoon community atmosphere with music and entertainment on our grounds.
As a general guide, boys should seek sponsorship to the extent of $5.00 per kilometre, whether from family, relations, friends or businesses. Given our approximately 12 km course this year, this means that each student should aim to collect sponsorship to the total value of $60.00 (or $80.00 per family). Boys are encouraged to give the College the time and effort to make the 2017 Walkathon the most successful fundraiser to date. In many cases friends and neighbours do not mind being asked to become sponsors, particularly given that monies raised are being directed towards such worthy causes. On the day itself, it is essential that all those not prevented by sickness attend school (regular attendance expectations apply) and do the prescribed walk honestly and safely.
Collection of Pledges:
After the Walkathon, the final important task is to ensure the collection of pledges. When this happens, boys are encouraged to carry out this task diligently as they are a collection agent acting for the College and all pledge money must be rigorously accounted for. Approximately two weeks are allowed after the event for all money to be returned.