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    Vinnies Winter Appeal

    Ever wondered what a mountain of soup and blankets would look like? Mercy students need wonder no more. They’ve seen it. In fact, they created it.

    It started with just one blanket and one tin of soup. Within seconds, this was doubled, then tripled. Minutes later there was a tower of tins, and a solid base of blankets. And after just 45 minutes an amazing pyramid had formed.

    Mercy’s mountain of support consisted of a couple hundred tins of soup, beans, and spaghetti, a few dozen boxes of cup-a-soups and even a few jars of pasta sauce, a dozen garbage bags full of every shape and size blanket you could imagine, and some nice big jackets and overcoats thrown in as well. And to top it all off, a cheque for $800.

    Mrs Mary McDougall, Regional President for St Vincent de Paul, said she was overwhelmed by the generosity of the Mercy College Community. She explained the soup, blankets and money donated would go straight back to the Mackay community, helping those in need this winter.

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    Careers Trips

    A fantastic time was had by everyone who attended the recent careers trip to Brisbane. Thirty-two Mercy College Mackay students (and four teachers) were given guided tours of Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Griffith University (Nathan campus and Gold Coast campus), University of Queensland (St Lucia and Gatton campus) and also Southbank Institute of TAFE. The universities provided valuable information on university life, the courses and scholarships available and also different alternatives to studying on campus. Students also attended the National Careers and Employment Expo on Saturday and were able to explore a large variety of information displayed by tertiary and college institutions. The Expo is always a great opportunity to gather information on the many study options and career pathways available.

    Townsville Australian Defence Force Career Expo A group of twenty-three students and two teachers also travelled to Townsville recently for the Australian Defence Force Career Expo. Students thoroughly enjoyed all that was on offer at this expo, including a tour of an Australian Naval Vessel and a visiting French Warship, artillery demonstrations, flight simulators, working Army dogs, a mock army hospital, communications equipment, helicopters/aircraft/vehicles, machinery, and much more.

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    2014 Bikeathon

    What another amazing day we were blessed with for our 2014 Br Tom Higgin’s Bikeathon. There was a slight chance of postponement due to the rain that bucketed down Saturday night and into early Sunday morning, but by 6am the clouds disappeared.

    We had our largest number of students participate on the day with more students choosing to walk rather than ride. It was great to see them proudly wearing their House shirts and getting active, by challenging themselves to complete the course.

    Our parent support was again outstanding with hundreds volunteering their time to help out with catering or supervision along the road. We even had grandparents fill in for parents who were unavailable due to other commitments.

    A special mention must go to Rock N Road Cycles for their 50% donation towards the major prize of a bike of the student’s choice, to be drawn on Assembly in the coming weeks. Please remind your child to bring in their promised total, as every $10 gives them a chance in the prize draw of some excellent prizes, displayed during Assemblies.

    Also a big thank you must go to Blue River Ice for donating all of the ice for the day. Blue River Ice generously supplies ice for many College events and it is greatly appreciated.

    We must not forget to thank our Police Officers who also gave up their time and provided their expertise on the day. ‘Thank you’ goes to Gerry Doyle, Greg Lamb and Karl Verri. Gerry has been serving us since 2006 and is looking to take a step back so Karl will be taking over Gerry’s role as Police Liaison Officer for the College.

    Thanks Gerry for all you have done over the many years.

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    Relay for Life

    On Saturday 24 May, the College Interact Committee members attended the annual Relay for Life event at Harrup Park Country Club. It started at 2.00pm and our students began relaying, with many of our teachers taking part to encourage and support them throughout the night.

    Relay for Life provides the opportunity for us to come together as a community to remember and support those who have battled cancer or who are fighting against it. The theme of the Interact team was ‘Disney Characters’ and the batten of necklaces was carried throughout the night around the track. There was live music, heaps of dancing and many sad moments when brave cancer survivors told their stories.

    All students collected a bag with a candle for the candle ceremony and each wrote messages to those special people in their lives who have been affected by cancer.

    Relay for Life reminded students and the community to always have ‘hope’.

    The Interact Committee would like to thank all teachers who attended the event, and Mr Gunning for giving the committee the opportunity to participate in this special event.

    On Saturday 24 May, the College Interact Committee members attended the annual Relay for Life event at Harrup Park Country Club. It started at 2.00pm and our students began relaying, with many of our teachers taking part to encourage and support them throughout the night.

    Relay for Life provides the opportunity for us to come together as a community to remember and support those who have battled cancer or who are fighting against it. The theme of the Interact team was ‘Disney Characters’ and the batten of necklaces was carried throughout the night around the track. There was live music, heaps of dancing and many sad moments when brave cancer survivors told their stories.

    All students collected a bag with a candle for the candle ceremony and each wrote messages to those special people in their lives who have been affected by cancer.

    Relay for Life reminded students and the community to always have ‘hope’.

    The Interact Committee would like to thank all teachers who attended the event, and Mr Gunning for giving the committee the opportunity to participate in this special event.