Christian College Geelong Foundation
On Saturday evening over 300 members of the College community consisting of local dignitaries, College families, staff and a number of past students gathered to support the launch of the Christian College Geelong Foundation.
The evening was a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the remarkable contribution that our College has made in the lives of many students over the past 35 years. It was also a time to reflect on the incredible contribution Christian College programs, students and staff have made in the local community, nationally and internationally.
The night was filled with entertainment commencing with a spectacular opening number, 'Unstoppable' performed by the Christian College Rock Ensemble, directed by Ben Castle and transcribed by former student Kym Dillon. The ensemble, comprising of students and staff from our Music department, delighted the audience with a most stunning and enthralling performance.
Throughout the night, which was MC'd by past student and media personality Jonathan Hoevenaars, guests heard personal reflections from past students. This included AFL Champion Gary Ablett Jnr, Commonwealth Games Netball Gold Medalist Tegan Caldwell and 2004 School Captain Chris Atkinson. These guests reflected on the influence, values and opportunities they had received from attending Christian College.
Former Geelong Football Club President, notable community leader and businessman Mr. Frank Costa shared a message about leadership, the importance of character in all aspects of life and how he sees these qualities exemplified throughout Christian College.
The Chairman of the newly established Christian College Geelong Foundation, Mr Michael Peck and CEO Mr. Daryl Riddle provided guests with a background to the formation of a Foundation and the benefit that this gives Christian College to support local families. It will enable us to provide students who come from a disadvantaged background or our own families who face hardship with an education at our College. The Foundation will also support the many service programs conducted by the College throughout Australia and overseas.
The evening was an overwhelming success with guests enjoying a spectacular night of music, dancing and celebrating the vital role our College plays in the lives of our students.
Guests made generous pledges to the Foundation during the evening and upon leaving, voiced their desire to return next year to continue building on what has only just begun.
The members of the Foundation Dinner organising committee, the Major Events team and the many musicians and performers who entertained us, as well as each of the speakers all deserve high praise and sincere thanks, especially Mr Andrew Dunlop and Mrs Jessica Maddock.
I am grateful for the tremendous effort that so many have made to see our Foundation launch with such style and flair.