Students dig deep for Annual Catholic Campaign

St Thomas More College
Archbishop Coleridge welcomes a $3000 donation to the archdiocese's Annual Catholic Campaign from staff and students at St Thomas More College​

BRISBANE Archdiocese's Annual Catholic Campaign has been boosted by $3000 thanks to the generosity of the community at St Thomas More College, Sunnybank.

The Annual Catholic Campaign is a fundraiser for the Archdiocese's Charitable Works Fund, which supports the work of the Mary MacKillop Brisbane Catholic School Access Fund, Centacare, the Priests Foundation and the Holy Spirit Provincial Seminary.

A group of excited students presented Archbishop Mark Coleridge with the donation at a meeting at St Stephen's Cathedral.

Archbishop Coleridge said it was a huge effort from the college community to raise that amount of money.

He told the student and staff representatives that all kinds of people would be helped by what they had achieved in raising and donating so much money.

“A lot of people say the Catholic Church is incredibly wealthy," he said.

“However, most of the Church's wealth (goes to) serving others – in schools and hospitals and God knows what else.

“What you've done is show that Catholic education isn't just about schooling; it's about making you a human being, and being a human being means you have a heart of flesh not a heart of stone.

“What you've done with this is part of learning what it means to be a human being."

Each year, the school re-enacts the beheading of the eponymous saint, Thomas More, who was charged with treason for refusing to acknowledge King Henry VIII as the head of the Church of England.

Assistant Principal for Religious Education John Thomas said every year when the college celebrated St Thomas More Day the whole college held a fundraiser as part of the day.

Mr Thomas said all the money collected went to the Annual Catholic Campaign.

“This is the second consecutive year the school has raised $3000," he said.

He said it was now about awareness-raising.

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