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Tradition of giving continues at Cardijn


The phrase ‘Remember When’ was the theme for Cardijn College’s 2019 Athon Day which marked 32 years of fundraising for mission and service to the community.

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Athon Day began in 1985 with the annual walkathon in which students walked about 12km from the school campus to Port Noarlunga, along the beach to Southport and back to school.

In 1987 students decided there were more exciting ways to celebrate the culmination of fundraising for charities. This year students in Years 7 to 9 were involved in other service related activities such as working with younger students in neighbouring primary schools, baking cookies, cooking meals and making up backpacks of love for the homeless.

Principal Paul Rijken congratulated students on “these great acts of love and service”.

“We learn from the Bible in Acts 20 that: By every means I have shown you that we must exert ourselves in this way to support the marginalised and remembering the words of the Lord Jesus, who himself said, There is more happiness in giving than in receiving,” Dr Rijken said.

The college raised a total of $16,997.30. These much-needed funds were distributed to the sponsored charities of the school’s seven houses including Labs ’n Life, Centacare’s Kolbe House, Hutt St Centre, Fred’s Van, CANTEEN, Coolock House, Catherine House and 150 packs of love for St Vincent de Paul Society’s homeless shelters for men and women.

The school also recognised students who have completed bronze (100 hours), silver (200 hours) and gold (300 hours) service awards. Dr Rijken said their service to the community was “selfless, committed, generous and above all deeply faithful as student leaders”.

“They model our motto ‘See, Judge, Act’,” he said.


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