Staff spend day in service

Staff spend day in service

Ms Francis and Ms Quin helped prepare more than 250 meals for people in need.

CBC staff affirmed their ongoing commitment to the Edmund Rice Education Australia (EREA) Touchstones on Friday, spending the day volunteering at 12 organisations across Perth.

While students relaxed and enjoyed the mid-term pupil-free day, staff stepped outside their comfort zones to answer the call of service.

Activities included spending the day exploring Perth with clients from the Activ Foundation, repairing bikes to be sent to remote Aboriginal communities and rural Africa with Bicycles for Humanity, and painting a house with Habitat for Humanity's 'Brush with Kindness'  programme.

Music teacher, Ms Emma Tandy, spent the day with Design & Technology teacher, Mr Geoff Buss, singing some old favourites with residents at Mercy Health's Residential Aged Care Home, while a group of staff cooked 250 meals in the College's Food Technology classroom for the volunteer organisation, The Shopfront, to distribute to people in need.

A hardy team mulched and mucked out animal enclosures at the local Native Animal Rescue Centre in Bibra Lake, and new friends were made at St Bartholomew's House as another group spent quality time with the residents of the East Perth facility.

Staff finished the day at CBC, knitting squares to be turned into blankets for people experiencing homelessness, while sharing stories, and even a few tears, of the day's memorable experiences.

The day was coordinated by Service Learning Coordinator, Ms Emily Bowran, who arranged more than 90 placements for all of the College's staff. The experience provides an opportunity to develop a greater connection to the EREA Touchstones of Liberating Education, Gospel Spirituality, Inclusive Community, and Justice and Solidarity, and deepens the community bond at the College.