For the 47th time a wave of yellow will weave through the city as over 2000 staff and students from St Laurence’s College (as well as the odd four legged friend) embark on the annual College Walkathon.
St Laurence’s College is an all-boys Catholic school in South Brisbane that holds strong ties with the local community. Their annual College Walkathon is a long-lasting tradition that has exceeded $60,000 in donations in previous years. All proceeds are donated to different charities; this year those selected focus on helping children in need and the homeless. All of the charities are local to Brisbane, so the money raised directly impacts people in need in our own city.
The proceeds from the 2016 fundraising effort will be donated to ACT for Kids, AEIOU Foundation, Orange Sky Laundry, MICAH Projects INC, and Bravehearts. The theme for this year’s College Walkathon is ‘Walking for our Community,’ reflecting the focus on giving back to the local community through the charities chosen. The students are currently hard at work raising money before the walk, and have a common goal of beating their fundraising total from 2015 and making a huge difference to both kids and adults in need.
The direction of the walk itself also mimics the theme for the year, as the participants will pass through many Brisbane icons. They will step through West End, stroll past the Gallery of Modern Art, trot over the Story Bridge, meander through the Botanical Gardens, and stride across the Goodwill Bridge into South Bank. As well as raising money for local charities, the kids will get to have a morning exercising outdoors as they see the sights of their beautiful city by foot.
Principal of St Laurence’s College, Ian McDonald, said that the College Walkathon is a longstanding tradition for all students and staff, who all have a strong sense of social justice to help and support those in need within the community. “With the assistance of the event’s major sponsors, Cleanstate Commercial Cleaning and BADGE, and the fundraising efforts of every student and family at the College, we aim to beat previous fundraising efforts in 2016,” he said.
The walk will kick off at 9am on Friday, August 5. Give the students a cheer if you see the sea of yellow curving through the city.
Words by Anna Ghioni
Image by St Laurence’s College