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New ‘Bennies’ group to allow parents active participation - 11 March 2015

You’ve heard of the great work that Vinnies does in our community and know what an impact its outreach can have on vulnerable people. At Lourdes Hill College, our parents are about to embark on their own form of outreach through a new Parent Support Group called Bennies.

Based on the call for hospitality in the Rule of St Benedict and set up under the auspices of the P&F, Bennies will allow parents to be active in their support of College mission activities. This will include:

·         providing support for those members of our own LHC community in their times of need through the provision of food on a roster basis

·         being on a roster to help with supervision of some of the College’s outreach activities – Rosie’s, Community Meal, Sarah’s and Sandwich Making.

·         assisting with Mission activities  - Good Sam Parent Induction, Community events, Social Justice Film Night, Vinnies Sleep-over

Mrs Karen Hurst has kindly volunteered to be the inaugural Bennies Coordinator. She is particularly passionate about the outreach that parents can show to one another in times of need, having convened a “Casserole Club” at her children’s primary school.

“Everyone needs help from time to time and there are so many members of the parent community who would like the opportunity to anonymously provide that help,” Karen said. “Whether it’s due to sickness, a death in the family or some other reason, sometimes people are stretched too far. One practical way we can help is to provide food – an evening meal, school lunches or snacks for when well-meaning visitors drop in unannounced. ”

“Through Bennies, parents get notified of a need and they respond by sending their contribution into the tuckshop in takeaway containers for distribution.”

Karen highlights that “We’re looking for good, basic food, that can be frozen and used by our families as needed; no need for MasterChef quality – just good wholesome home cooked fare!”

If you would like to join Bennies, or to receive more information about this new venture, please email Parents are also invited to take a look at the new Bennies Constitution.


John Clarke

Deputy Principal – Mission