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MAD with Macca's

Being a true romantic, I took my wife out for a wonderful meal on Valentine’s Day. What to order? Big Mac, Quarter Pounder, Cheeseburgers – only some of the products that have made McDonalds the most renowned food chain in the world.

Whilst on my date, I could only marvel at the range of people and products that were present! A people watchers dream location. But McDonalds is far more than a fast food restaurant. Ronald McDonald House is a charity which serves thousands of Australian families every year. They do this by providing support in the form of accommodation, finances and resources to people when they are most in need. The chirpy clown with the red hair and striped pyjamas truly does make a difference!

On Monday morning this week, staff member Deb Shalders shared her experiences of working with Ronald McDonald house. Deb informed the staff of the services provided and how we can assist. Deb’s reflection had an immediate impact on me – and is a reminder that we are called to serve those most in need; the sick, the poor, and the most marginalised in society (Matthew 25)

Tor pictured with other Clean Up volunteers.

Next week from Monday 20 to Friday 24 February, all families are encouraged to show support and dig a little deeper for Ronald McDonald House. Boys are asked to bring in non-perishable food and toiletry items which can be used by parents who have so little time to themselves.

It is certainly an experience which I hope never to endure. An instant meal – a quick and easy dinner – may allow parents to spend more time with the most precious things in their world. If we all contribute, a significant difference will be made. We may never be thanked, but we will know that our actions will be dearly appreciated. Collection points will be at both College libraries – Westcourt and Mt. Sion.

Service Initiatives

The Smith Family Student2student Buddy Reading program
To be able to read well means that you are equipped to do your school work well. Reading is such an important part of our daily lives. This is where you can help us make a difference by becoming a reading buddy – helping a student who is likely to be around the same age as you, yet struggling to improve their reading skills. You will be required to commit to 2-3 reading sessions per week for 18 weeks, listening to them read for up to 20 minutes each time.
All training is provided by The Smith Family and completed on school grounds.

For those interested in participating, you are required to fill in the form via the link below and return them to me by TODAY, Friday 10 March. This initiative offers participants 20 hours of Service Learning. Please email Bernard Wong if you have any questions.

Clean Up Australia
On Sunday 5 March the Environmental Club are registered to participate in Clean Up Australia day at ATC and we need volunteers to help us do something good for our local environment. It’s also a great way to notch up a few hours of service. See the letter attached for full details. Follow the link to register your attendance. All Welcome!

Volunteers International Women’s Day Fun Run
Our mums, sisters and friends who have dealt with or who are dealing with breast cancer need to know that we will show our support on Sunday 5 March at the annual International Women’s Day 10km fun run. Volunteers are required between 6am -10am on Sunday at Southbank near the Wheel of Brisbane. If this is something you are able to commit to, you must register no later than this week. Please don’t be afraid to ask your parents to support you on the morning of the event as I know many mums and dads do this run. Volunteers register by clicking here

Mr Matt Warr, Assistant Dean of Formation