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Altruism With Purpose and Passion

Over the past few weeks, the Ulster House meetings have had two main themes: being of service to others and finding your purpose.

Both are regularly promoted as being particularly important in leading a happy and fulfilled life. A basic internet search would certainly reveal that both concepts are the centre of current research into what brings happiness to most people. They are not new of course. We are told early in life that sharing is important and that it is better to give than to receive. It is when the two come together however, that the gift of giving is at its most powerful.

Altruism with purpose and passion has been a force to be reckoned with throughout history. Mohandas Gandhi, Jesus, Martin Luther King, Jr., Mother Teresa. There are many examples that are well known to us while many others are as anonymous as the selfless acts they undertook. Closer to home Nick Marchesi, an ATC Foundation Board member and Lucas Patchett, an NJC Old Boy are well known for their organisation, Orange Sky Australia, the world’s first free mobile laundry service for people experiencing homelessness. Both are huge advocates for the importance of young people being involved in their community.

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Here at ATC here is no doubt that service to the community plays an important part in the development of each boy’s potential for `Greatness’.

The Signum Fidei awards were a wonderful opportunity last week to congratulate those boys who are immersing themselves in all that the College has to offer. Each awardee must excel in each of the three pillars of Learning, Leadership and Service. It was incredibly heartening to see how many boys and their proud families were able to join us for breakfast. Congratulations to the very deserving winners.

There are many opportunities for selfless acts of kindness which can be tailored to whatever free time you can give to them. ATC opportunities are advertised through the APP. Some current suggestions are the blanket drive being run by Munster House and the myriad of opportunities organised each week by Bernard Wong. There is also still time to join Ulster House for the Mother’s Day walk/run for Breast Cancer being held at Southbank on Sunday. You would be very welcome to join us regardless of House affiliation. Click here to register and we look forward to seeing you on the day!

Sally Flynn
Head of Ulster House