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from SACOBU A Report from the President of grace the field this season. Johnno Owen (SAC 2004) and Pat McCabe (SAC 2005) will play for the ACT SACOBU Brumbies, whilst Tom Kingston (SAC 2009) and Bernard Agood works that take place behind closed doors recently named as Club Captain of the ACT Brumbies andFoley (SAC 2007) will don the sky blue for the NSWWaratahs. Congratulations must also go to Pat who wass President of the St Aloysius’ College Old BoysUnion (SACOBU) I am often privileged to see the or quietly out of the public eye. It is unmistakable that played a large role in last year’s Rugby World Cup. those who leave the College are truly ‘men for others’ and The Old Boys Committee continues to work tirelessly it is evident in the way the Aloysian community responds in developing, organising and running the various events to areas of need, and the willingness of Old Boys to lend held throughout the year. These ‘faceless’ men on the a hand. Committee often go thank-less and are an important part An example of these good works is the recent in ensuring opportunities exist for so many Old Boys Companions Programme. Launched last year the program to continue to enjoy each other’s company. If you are is similar to the ‘Big Brother’ concept and looks to match interested in finding out how you can be part of the a young Old Boy with a student who for whatever reason Committee or to help please feel free to contact me may be without an active male role model or father figure in directly. their life. The stories so far have been remarkably positive, Finally, this year will see the launch of the Old Boys and it is amazing the difference the simple act of giving of website. Driven by Carl Henschke (SAC 2000) we hope one’s time can be. Abraham Robertson (SAC 2001) is the that it will be an avenue to reconnect, to promote events liaison between the College and the Old Boys, and has and Old Boy sporting teams, to provide support for charities done a fantastic job in matching the personalities. run by Old Boys and to be a place to advertise businesses It has been often said that true community spirit shows of Old Boys. The aim is to launch the website by Gonzaga itself in the face of adversity and tragedy. It is in this Term. context that I mention the passing of Tom Doolan (SAC SACOBU 2012 Calendar 2010), who was tragically killed in an accident in London whilst on his Gap Year in November last year. The Thursday 21 June on the roof of the College. response of Tom’s peers and the Aloysian family was Spirituality on the Roof (further details to follow) remarkable, and hopefully in some way provided comfort to Tom’s family. The thoughts of the wider Old Boys community Class of 2011 BBQ Sunday 12 August (The College Oval) continue to be with them and with those Old Boys who were close to Tom. As many of you will know the Redfern Jarjum College Golf Day Thursday 16 August (Killara Golf Course) will open in the second half of this year. Redfern Jarjum College will cater for disadvantaged children who have Father and Son Mass Friday 24 August slipped through the education system. Up to twenty (The Boys’ Chapel at the College) indigenous children aged between four and thirteen will Friday 22 June receive a high level of academic attention, before and Annual Dinner (Tattersalls Club – Elizabeth Street Sydney) after-school care, and meals where necessary. There will nedwards@gtlaw.com.au no doubt be opportunities for Old Boys to contribute to this project be it through tutoring, coaching or donations. I am also pleased to announce that all funds raised as this year’s Mr Nicholas Edwards (SAC 2000) Annual Dinner will go towards buying sporting uniforms and President equipment for the students. A wonderful phenomenon that has developed over recent years is the popularity of Immersion Programmes and service based Gap Years. Many students dedicate time in their final years of their schooling or forego schoolies, and rushing straight into university in order to give back to those in need. To paraphrase Luke the Evangelist, it is wonderful expression of the sentiment that ‘to those that are given so much, so much is expected’. The College continues to produce holistic, capable and caring men and we owe a debt of gratitude to the leadership of Fr Peter Hosking SJ and Fr Chris Middleton SJ, as well as the lay staff members. As the Super 15 Rugby season commences, it is worth noting (a record I believe) that four Old Boys are likely to St Aloysius’ College A Jesuit School for Boys _ Founded 1879 a l oy s i a d / page 68


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