Home' Maristian Magazine : Vol 20 No 3 September 2014 Contents I will start by acknowledging the great work which our new Development Officer, Gary
Goodman has performed in his role for the Foundation over the past eight months. Gary
has injected a new level of enthusiasm and has executed his Foundation tasks with a fresh
approach. Gary has a strong sense of connection and holds firm the importance of drawing
together all facets of the College Community. He has shown a great deal of interest in
re-connecting the Old Boys of Marist College Canberra’s predecessor, the former Marist
Darlinghurst in Sydney to our great College. This has proved a marvellous endeavour,
as has been indicated by many of the Old ‘Darlo’ Boys in their appreciation of Gary’s efforts
to reach out and re-connect both of these great communities.
I would also like to thank our College’s new Events Officer, Sandra Marron for her efforts in
assisting with organising the Foundation’s events. Combined with Gary, they make a great
team and their commitment and enthusiasm makes all the difference to the administration
and support of the Foundation.
The Foundation’s two main appeals, the Br Mark May Bursary Fund and the Capital Appeal
have now raised over $600,000 and $245,000 respectively. These appeals, combined with
other donations received immediately prior to the formal formation of the Foundation
in 2010, indicates we have now raised over $1 million dollars!! What a great achievement. For
all contributions, from small amounts given by College students to larger sums from within
our Community, on behalf of the Foundation we say THANK YOU. From raising bursaries to
financially supporting the continuation of a student’s vital Marist education to supporting
capital works such as contributions to the Marcellin Hall and grounds reconstruction
upgrades. ALL of these activities are vital to support the needs of our boys.
A Marist High School Darlinghurst Old Boy
– Bill Duncan – visited the College for the first
time this year. His impressions of the College
In this latest issue, I share with you Part two
of the ‘pilgrimage’ with Br Brian Etherington
to better understand our history.
Recently, I have received a most favourable
response from families who have increased
their philanthropy to the Br Mark May Bursary
Fund. They are wonderful and generous
donations from respected citizens of our Marist
community, and we thank them sincerely.
If you are considering providing support as a
donor to the Bursary Fund or Capital Fund or
considering an endowment or bequest in your
will, I would be most happy to take your call
and assist you through this process.
This type of philanthropy is inspiring and
rewarding for all parties and ensures the
legacy of the Marist traditions are
maintained for future generations.
Please do not hesitate to call my office
(6298 7280) if you have any questions.
I thank you all for your support of my
endeavours in this new vocation at
Again, it is indeed my pleasure to address you
as your Development Officer of the Marist
College Canberra Foundation, now eight
months into this exciting role.
During this time I have coordinated key
activities with the College’s Events Officer –
Sandra Marron – conducting the inaugural
and successful Br Mark May Cycle Challenge
in March, the beautifully presented Foundation
Mothers’ High Tea in June, the well-supported
Annual Golf Day at Murrumbidgee Golf Club
in August, and ensuring you received your copy
of The Maristian. We thank everyone who has
supported these events to date.
I also encourage your continued support at
the upcoming Foundation luncheon on Friday
17 October, with the Hon. Dr Brendan Nelson,
Director of the Australian War Memorial, as
A key focus over the next few months will be
to expand the network of communication to
the Old Boys Association and Alumni from
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