In early October, St Paul’s held its inaugural Outreach Dinner with volunteers from some of the charitable organisations in which our students are involved. Some of the initiatives include support at the Newtown Mission, service at the overnight shelter for homeless men at Christ Church St Laurence, assistance at the Berkeley Centre in Wollongong, help at Lou’s Place which provides refuge for women in crisis, and student mentoring through the Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience and Profecta.
The student-led initiatives at charitable organisations are exemplary of the College’s commitment to foster outward-looking and community-minded students. Undergraduate student, Mr Ned Lindsay, summed up his thoughts on the positive role of outreach:
“As you can tell with nine different groups of people coming together, outreach creates a powerful connection with communities. It connects communities through a sense of respect and understanding, and it connects communities through hardship, and the humbling experience of life and suffering. Most importantly though, I believe it connects and inspires communities in experiencing and believing the raw conviction ‘more can be done’. “
St Paul’s students also thanked colleagues in attendance from Women’s, Wesley and Andrew’s Colleges, for all their assistance in supporting local charitable endeavours.