St James College Old Boy, Adrian Di Marco is passionate about supporting disadvantaged students to attend the College.
When asked what drives his philanthropy to the school, Adrian said, “A quality education and the support of teachers and staff at St James made a tremendous difference in my own life. Education is one way to break out of poverty and ensure a better future – I hope this gift makes that possible for Jimmies families who are struggling.”
In June, Adrian and wife Kris, committed to personally matching all donations to the St James Endowment Fund on a $2 for $1 basis. The goal of the campaign was to grow the fund to $100,000 so that each year the annual distribution can be used to support students in need. This support can be a lifeline to many St James students and provides them with a uniform, laptop and the school supplies they need. The fund will remain in perpetuity, providing a steady stream of bursaries for students year after year.
The campaign was supported by John O’Hara, a fellow Old Boy, who spread the word amongst past students. “If we can give these kids, who already face such incredibly tough odds, a fighting chance to achieve success in life, to know the joy of making life-long friends, and to have teachers that support and push them to reach their full potential, then I think we have done a great thing as a community”, said John.
At an afternoon tea held at the college last week, Adrian presented the matching funds cheque to school principal, Ann Rebgetz. Together, the Jimmies community raised more than $100,000 to give these students a bright future.