Promising a Catholic education to a child in need, forever

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Ashley and Shirley Goldsworthy are big believers in the importance of a Catholic education. Having both been taught by various orders throughout their schooling years, they speak fondly of their formative years, receiving spiritual and academic guidance from the nuns and brothers so integral to the teaching landscape in past generations.

The strong foundation Catholic schools provided for their own faith and education has led them to establish an endowment that aims to give the gift of a Catholic education to those children who otherwise would miss out due to financial restrictions.

Although Ashley’s parents were not in a financial position to send him to university, together with the support of his wife Shirley and their four children, Ashley studied part time and has completed degrees from the University of Queensland, Griffith University, Australian Catholic University and Ottawa University.

Ashley and Shirley’s success in business, the arts and academia is a testament to their supportive partnership, ongoing faith and love of education.

Ashley and Shirley credit a Catholic education as an integral part of nurturing faith in younger generations, and firmly believe education is the greatest gift you can give a child. The Goldsworthy’s believe it is a tragedy how many young students today will not experience building their morals and values or uncover the joy of learning in the faith-rich environment of a Catholic school.

“Knowledge and faith don’t grow in ignorance. If children are not taught in the faith they can’t understand the faith.”

ASHLEY GOLDSWORTHY

Ashley concedes that unfortunately there will always be a demand for bursaries from families who cannot afford to send their children to a Catholic primary school. However, with the Goldsworthy’s generosity and ongoing support from the wider Archdiocese, many more children will now be blessed with a primary Catholic education, ensuring new generations of children continue to nurture their blossoming faith.

Ashley and Shirley’s success in business, the arts and academia is a testament to their supportive partnership, ongoing faith and love of education.

Feature image: Ashley and Shirley Goldsworthy

An endowment is a fund that generates income to a charitable organisation in perpetuity, ensuring a sustainable financial future. To create an endowment an individual, family, parish or other agency opens the fund with a financial gift of $50,000 or more. You can make a donation into any existing endowments now by calling 07 3224 3200 or in the future by including a gift in your Will to a cause that is closest to your heart.