The annual Catholic Education Foundation dinner was a night of inspiration and celebration of inclusiveness in Catholic education.
Keynote speaker Catholic Education Office Executive Director, Dr Dan White, announced that a consortium of 10 business people had contributed a total of $1.5 million dollars to provide 50 bursaries over five years to lower income students in Catholic schools.
In addition, the funding will also provide students with a newly appointed mentor who will coordinate their learning and look after their wellbeing. “The program is aimed at students in Year 7 with academic potential and they will be mentored from Year 8 to Year 12,” said Dr White.
Around 200 guests attended the annual dinner that supports the fundraising efforts of the CEO in educating disadvantaged children.
Tenor and headline act Mark Vincent sang the perennially evocative aria Nessun Dorma and there were performances by Casimir Catholic College Year 8 violinist David Zheng and CaSPA dancers. Jelly Bean Jam provided the dance music.
Over $10,000 was raised from a raffle and live auction with major prizes including a $2,500 Flight Centre travel voucher and a $2,000 prepaid CBA Mastercard. Hotly contested auction items were a framed Puma cricket bat signed by Adam Gilchrist, a framed Sydney Roosters signed jersey and a weekend escape in a ocean-view Terrigal apartment.
Major CEF sponsors also attended the night and included executives from LJ Harper Educational Suppliers, Australian Catholic Superannuation & Retirement Fund, Sportspro, Advance Fire Service, Yeronga School Uniforms, Liverpool Catholic Club, Lowes Schoolwear, Club Central, Dooleys Catholic Development Fund and Dance Fever Multisport.