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  • “I thought I was just going to be Dad’s chauffeur…”

    10 December 2016

    “I thought I was just going to be Dad’s chauffeur on the day of the Priests Foundation Thanksgiving Mass at the Cathedral, but it turned into a day of re-connection for us both. My father, Sir Ron Hickey, who recently turned 94, was determined to travel from the Blackall Range to attend the Mass out of…

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  • Promising a Catholic education to a child in need, forever

    20 June 2016

    Benefactors of: Ashley & Shirley Goldsworthy Education Fund   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…

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  • Confronting the brokenness of society through the Church

    15 April 2016

    Monthly donors to: Annual Catholic Campaign   Barbara and John Watt’s business ventures in real estate and a youth sports centre have given them a window into Brisbane’s disadvantaged socio-economic neighbourhoods. They have seen the heart-breaking effects of family breakdown, child neglect and on one occasion, Barbara witnessed brutal domestic violence when visiting tenants. “We have…

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  • Colin Apelt: inspired by Pope Francis

    10 April 2016

    Monthly donor to: Annual Catholic Campaign Annual Catholic Campaign parish ambassador at: Holy Family Parish, Indooroopilly   Colin Apelt is a man of action with a charitable heart. We are fortunate to count him among the 114 wonderful people in the Archdiocese of Brisbane who volunteer their time to promote the Annual Catholic Campaign in…

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  • Kangaroo Point Parish: A small parish has a big impact

    1 March 2016

    “Even though we are only a little parish I like to see that we can hold our own and be proud of what we are able to put toward a good cause.”   Donor to: Annual Catholic Campaign At Kangaroo Point East Brisbane, parish secretary Catherine Goldsworthy, was approached to advocate the Annual Catholic Campaign. Catherine…

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  • St Dympna’s Catholic Primary School shines in fundraising

    1 March 2016

    Donor to: Annual Catholic Campaign St Dympna’s Catholic Primary School in Aspley was founded by the Sisters of Saint Joseph and endeavours to honour the spirit and charism of Saint Mary MacKillop. The school community is made up of around 400 dedicated families, who participate in annual fundraisers to support the the Annual Catholic Campaign. St Dympna’s takes…

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  • Jonathan and Brigid Ries

    Jonathan and Brigid Ries

    22 July 2015

    Donor to: Living Faith Society It means a lot to Jonathan and me to support the mission of the Church. As Catholics we feel called to help the wider Church however we can.” In 2014, young newlyweds, Jonathan and Brigid, became members of the Living Faith Society: “I ticked monthly giving last time I made…

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  • Andrew Barter

    Andrew Barter, Catholic Campaign Ambassador

    22 July 2015

    Volunteer for: Annual Catholic Campaign “Having been a parish ambassador for the past two years, I have seen first-hand the impact the Annual Catholic Campaign has had in Brisbane. The program allows less fortunate children to receive scholarships for a Catholic education, it allows Centacare to continue their support of the disadvantaged through their social…

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  • Del and Felice Zaccari

    Dr Felice Zaccari, Order of Australia

    22 July 2015

    Donor to: Annual Catholic Campaign Zaccari Catholic School Teacher Scholarship Fund Del & Felice Zaccari established an endowment in 2013, which funds scholarships for Catholic school teachers wishing to pursue post-graduate studies in theology. Their generosity doesn’t end there; in 2014 they wanted to help the Church more broadly and became regular givers. “Being less…

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  • Heather and Michael Greene, MacKillop donors

    Heather and Michael Greene, MacKillop donors

    22 July 2015

    Donor to: MacKillop Fund “Both Michael and I went to Catholic schools – it was wonderful. We wanted our kids to have that too, and we wanted to give something back.” When the Catholic Foundation asked if Heather and Michael would support the MacKillop Fund, they immediately said yes. “There are a lot of us…

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