Words: Dale Baynes
Photos: Dale Baynes
December 14th, 2012
MIDWEST COMMUNITY SERVANTS
In 2012 the Year 10 Midwest Clontarf Academy students engaged in a number of community service activities as well as getting out and about to help those less fortunate.
The boys were extremely active in the Geraldton community, conducting mentoring workshops for Year 1 and 2 students at Rangeway Primary School, football clinics at Holland Street School, helping clean up at St Vincent De Paul, helping at Foodbank and helping at the Lighthouse Church Café.
Weekly during Term 2, the boys headed over to Rangeway Primary School to assist in the classroom. The boys helped the younger students with any school work and assist in coordinating classroom activities.
Leroy Capewell, Jamarl Croft, Josh Snowball and Josh Chester helping in the classroom at Rangeway Primary
The boys spent five weekly sessions down at Holland Street School which is a school for children with disabilities. The lads conducted footy clinics and helped get their students engaged, adding some fun and excitement to their mornings.
Owen Mourambine conducting an agility drill at Holland Street School
Jermaine Victor conducting a goal kicking drill
A group of hard working boys spent two days at St Vincent De Paul in Geraldton giving a hand to the volunteers by cleaning up storage rooms, giving the grounds a tidy up, sorting out coat hangers and other tasks.
Leroy Capewell cleans the path leading to St Vincent De Paul
Josh Snowball and Kendal Coffin clearing out the store room
The boys visited Foodbank on two occasions to help sort through stock, unload boxes of food and stack shelves. The Midwest Academy have a good relationship with Foodbank and Manager Pat Hodges often helps us out by holding good stock aside for us.
Darryl Martin loading up a pallet ready to go onto the shelves of Foodbank Geraldton
The lads busy marking off barcodes on the stock
Across the road from the Midwest Academy is The Lighthouse Church who offer a free lunch every Wednesday to anybody in the public. The boys help by preparing and serving the soup and toasted sandwiches. They also help with the dishes, pack away tables and vacuum the church floors. The Academy also helped establish a community garden within the church grounds which will supply the home-grown ingredients for lunches.
Jason Mallard gets busy whizzing up the soup
Josh Chester and Leroy Capewell serving the guests at The Lighthouse Church
The boys finishing off with the dishes after lunch
It has been very rewarding for our boys to be able to get involved with these projects and they always volunteer willingly, coming away happy and proud that they are able to help people less fortunate.
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