More than $7000 raised for Caritas Australia

April 28, 2017

This year’s Lenten Project Compassion appeal centred on the theme of love for our neighbours. At the end of Term 1, an outstanding $7000 was presented to Caritas Australia for their local and global projects. Through homeroom donations, the water bucket relay, St Joseph’s Day Walkathon and SIMS breakfast, MSJ staff and students have raised awareness and provided much-needed support to those in need in Australia and overseas.


MSJ’s Sister Irene McCormack Society (SIMS) provides an opportunity for students from Years 7-12 to become involved in issues beyond our school gates. SIMS breakfast is served every morning by student teams and volunteer teachers. Now in its 15th year, it is both a service to the MSJ students, to make sure everyone has a substantial breakfast to drive their day’s learning, and to the charities who receive the funds.


Toast, fruit and milkshakes are on offer each day, with hot chocolate in the winter months. The firm favourite is Nutella on toast, with the breakfast team going through roughly 50 jars of Nutella a year. Staff and students are rostered on to prepare and serve breakfast, with 16 staff and more than 70 students serving each year. The serving space is small so volunteer positions are hotly contested.

Youth Ministry Coordinator Mrs Dominique Farah has worked hard over the last 12 months to foster a cafe atmosphere at SIMS breakfast, and students and staff now take turns to provide live music on Fridays. There is certainly a bustling community atmosphere in the space.


This term, the proceeds of SIMS breakfast will go towards the Vinnies Winter Appeal and the Josephite Counter-Trafficking project. It is an honour to be able to continue to support those in the world who need it most, all in the name of Sister Irene McCormack.

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