St Agatha's School engages in fundraising activities for purposes associated with the resourcing the school itself and for outside bodies and groups.
As Catholic schools are part of the mission of the church, it is appropriate that they engage in social action and social justice activities which are both educative and practical in outcomes. Such activities should occur within the structures, ethos and teachings of the Catholic Church.
St Agatha's School ensures that students, staff and families are offered opportunities to engage in social action and social justice activities.
Preference in fundraising is always given to official agencies of the Catholic Church.
It is expected that St Agatha's school supports Caritas Australia (Project Compassion in particular), Catholic Mission (Children's Mission Day in particular) and the St Vincent de Paul Society. These agencies support different aspects of the church's mission and they time their appeals so as not to conflict with each other during the school calendar. Support for appeals that assist Centacare (the welfare arm of the Archdiocese of Brisbane) should also be promoted whenever possible.
Any group within the school, including class groups and P&F wanting to fundraise for an organisation, agency or purpose must first assess the organisation's validity using the criteria below. The School Leadership Team will then consider the request if the criteria has been addressed.
It is important to note that funds raised for an organisation or purpose must be given to that organisation or purpose. They cannot be diverted to another purpose after they are raised.
Official agencies of the Catholic Church which should be supported by all schools include: Caritas Australia (www.caritas.org.au) is the Church's official aid development agency. The major fundraising each year is Project Compassion coordinated during Lent. Contact: Diocesan Director 2nd Floor, The Catholic Centre 143 Edward Street (GPO Box 9830) Brisbane Qld 4000 Ph: 3336 9412 Global Education Advisor 1st Floor, The Catholic Centre 143 Edward Street (GPO Box 2441) Brisbane Qld 4000 Ph: 3369 3309
Catholic Mission (http://www.catholicmission.org.au/) is the international mission and agency of the Church. The major fundraising for each year is during the month of October. Contact: Diocesan Director 3rd Floor, The Catholic Centre 143 Edward Street (GPO Box 543) Brisbane Qld 4000 Ph: 3336 9239 Mission Education Officer 3rd Floor, The Catholic Centre 143 Edward Street (GPO Box 543) Brisbane Qld 4001 Ph: 3336 9239
The St Vincent de Paul Society (http://www.vinnies.org.au/home.cfm) is the largest lay organisation within the Catholic Church and the largest provider of assistance to those in need in Australia. The major fundraisings for each year are the Winter Appeal (June) and the Christmas Appeal (November-December). Contact: Manager, Schools, Adults, Special Support and Youth Team St Vincent de Paul Society 10 Merivale Street (PO Box 3351) South Brisbane Qld 4101 Ph: 3010 1002 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Archbishop's Centacare Appeal is conducted throughout the Archdiocese (parishes and schools) twice yearly. Proceeds from this appeal assist with costs associated with hospital chaplains in every public hospital in the Archdiocese, Prison Ministry, Seafarers' Welfare, Murri Ministry and Aids Education. Contact: Director, Fundraising Services Archdiocese of Brisbane 143 Edward Street (GPO Box 282) Brisbane Qld 4000 Ph: 3336 9282
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