Over the last several years Churchie boys have raised well in excess of $1 million for more than 140 charities. These include the Salvation Army, Royal Flying Doctors’ Service, Queensland Surf Lifesaving, RSPCA, Anglicare, the Mater Children’s Hospital, Starlight Foundation, World Vision, Save the Children, Hear and Say, Multiple Sclerosis, Cerebral Palsy, Juvenile Diabetes, Muscular Dystrophy, Children’s Medical Research, Anglican Community Aid Abroad, SIDS, Care Australia, St Luke’s Nursing, Radio Lollipop, Guide Dogs for the Blind, Cystic Fibrosis, Legacy, Lions and Rotary Clubs, Children’s Film Festival, CanTeen, the Leukaemia and Queensland Cancer Council and the Endeavour Foundation.
Each year students participate in activities such as:
collecting cash donations via school dances and door knock appeals
volunteering at community assistance programmes
organising service events
attending local or overseas experiential service workshops.
Students also engage in service within the School such as participating as waiters and ushers at key events such as Grandparents and Special Guests’ Day.
The School’s Community Service Programme is an integral part of its service activities and results in several opportunities for students to interact with the community at large.
A greenhouse in Peru
The recent expedition to Peru was a challenging and rewarding experience.
A year in the planning; students spent hours running sausage sizzles, washing cars and organising trivia nights to raise money for equipment, materials and the expert labour needed to complete the trip’s project – a greenhouse.
The service project in Quilla Huata saw students living and working in the village. One group dug the greenhouse’s foundations, carting wheelbarrows of mud and then concrete up and down a hill almost the height of Mt Gravatt. The other group carted more than 1000 mud bricks weighing 10 kilograms each to the construction site, where they then laid them under the watchful eyes of locals.
Seeing the students work in knee-deep mud for the best part of the day without complaint was inspirational. Seeing the joy on the faces of the villagers as the greenhouse was completed was humbling.
The group travelled home with a sense of accomplishment, a new appreciation for comforts back home and the knowledge they had been fortunate enough to visit such a spectacular region.