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St Brendan’s College will again make a strong statement against domestic and family violence, holding its second annual Walk Against Domestic Violence along the streets and beach of Yeppoon on Friday 4 May 2018 as part of its Edmund Rice Feast Day activities.
The 600 plus student and staff contingent will walk in solidarity against family and domestic violence and as one of the largest collectives of men in Central Queensland as sons, brothers and future husbands and fathers, the College is working to ensure the anti-violence message and the importance of service and justice is taken from the school yard, home and into the community.
St Brendan’s College Principal Mr Robert Corboy encouraged students and families to support this crucial initiative today and in future.
“As part of offering a Catholic education in the tradition of Edmund Rice, our students are asked to live justice and solidarity in their everyday lives, by being involved in our Eddies Van which provides meals and support to those in need locally in Yeppoon, and through initiatives like our handbag drive which has run over the past three years to supply local women in domestic violence shelters with handbags and care packs,” Mr Corboy said.
“We are very proud of our current Year 12 cohort who have chosen domestic violence as a fundraising initiative for the past four years, collecting five cent coins in plastic bottles and leading our handbag collection for women in need within our St Brendan’s College community, and these boys will lead our walk proudly on Friday,” he said.
To support the walk, the College has invited one of its notable past students, Rob Caslick, as keynote speaker to impart his knowledge, wisdom and experiences to the College community, as the driving force behind a social enterprise, Two Good Co, in Sydney.
Mr Caslick’s story is sure to garner significant attention, with the vision of Two Good Co, ‘that no person in a refuge feels unworthy of love’ and their mission, ‘to be the national provider of beautiful food and lifestyle products to domestic violence refuges and soup kitchens.’
From humble beginnings with three of his mates cooking a BBQ for the homeless in Sydney’s Kings Cross, they decided their Unique Selling Point would be ‘we don’t do sausages’; and from this they were a hit with a captive audience.
Today, Two Good Co works on the ‘Buy One, Give One’ model, or as their marketing espouses ‘you eat one, we treat one’, so that people in Sydney and Melbourne buy a premium lunch jar for themselves, while the other lunch jar goes to a person in need in a local domestic violence refuge.
And for both the purchaser and the receiver, the food is of the highest quality; with some of Australia’s biggest name celebrity chefs including the likes of Neil Perry, Kylie Kwong and Matt Moran donating their recipes to Two Good to support and stand against domestic violence.
St Brendan’s College Principal Mr Robert Corboy said the College was humbled and amazed at the achievements of past student Rob Caslick and the work he was leading with Two Good Co.
“After his years as a St Brendan’s College student and boarder from Glenden in Central Queensland, Rob has had an amazing career; as a marine engineer in the Royal Australian Navy, as a mechanical engineer in the construction industry; and now his full-time focus with his social enterprise Two Good,” Mr Corboy said.
“We are looking forward to hearing Rob’s story and his messages – where he will talk about the power and value of understanding someone without judgement, and the importance of true human connection in a world of ‘connectivity’.”
The SBC community is also fundraising during the month of May – Domestic and Family Violence Awareness Month - and is requesting assistance to reach its $4,000 fundraising aim in support of White Ribbon via the following link - https://schooleventswr.everydayhero.com/au/stbrendanscollege
The College acknowledges the generous support of the Queensland Government, Livingstone Shire Council and the St Brendan’s College P&F to support the Walk Against Domestic Violence.
For more information please visit www.stbrendans.qld.edu.au