BCE students lend a helping hand this National Volunteer Week


​©Brisbane Catholic Education, Aquinas College, Ashmore (2024).

As National Volunteer Week (20 to 26 May) unfolds across the nation students from Brisbane Catholic Education (BCE) schools are stepping up to make a difference within their communities.  

Among them are the Year 12 students from Aquinas College Ashmore who have dedicated Monday evenings to serving their local community through the Rosies Outreach Program. The program aims to provide friendship and unconditional acceptance to those doing it tough with a warm smile and a hot drink.  

Aquinas College Ashmore Teacher Eva Nakic said, “Our student volunteers not only contribute their time and efforts but have also truly embodied the essence of humility, manners, and an unwavering readiness to serve”.  

“The Rosies outreach program provides a safe and easy way our students can lend a hand and help brighten the day of some of the most vulnerable people in our community,” she said.  

Last month, students from Assisi Catholic College Upper Coomera also volunteered with Rosies for the first time, demonstrating their commitment to serving those in need and extending a helping hand to the less fortunate within their community.  

Assisi Catholic College Principal John Frare said through initiatives like Rosies students become “global citizens who give back to their community”.  

“Witnessing our students take their first steps into volunteering with Rosies fills me with immense pride,” he said.  

“It's a testament to their character and the values instilled in them, reinforcing the importance of service in Catholic education.  

“At Assisi Catholic College, we are committed to building a more compassionate society.”  

Echoing this ethos, Carmel College Thornlands students have also been lending a helping hand.   

Carmel College Acting Principal Bree Brockenshire said, “From the onset of their time at Carmel College, our students have embraced the importance of leadership and service”.  

"Our students are making a tangible difference in various ways," she said.   

"From spreading joy and companionship among the residents of AVEO Cleveland Australian Retirement Villages to engaging with vulnerable individuals through Rosies, our students exemplify the spirit of compassion and solidarity.   

“As our students continue to serve with dedication and empathy, they not only enrich the lives of others but also grow personally, embodying the true essence of servant leadership.  

“Our students have a very bright future ahead, one that includes living our Catholic values even once they leave these school gates.”  

By embracing volunteerism, BCE schools empower their students to become compassionate leaders committed to creating a more just and equitable world. 

About National Volunteer Week: 

 National Volunteer Week is Australia’s largest annual celebration of volunteering. 

The week-long celebration of volunteerism highlights the important role of volunteers in our community and invites people not currently volunteering to give it a go.

​©Brisbane Catholic Education, Aquinas College, Ashmore (2024).

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