The CEF holds a variety of annual fundraising initiatives to raise awareness of the foundation’s cause and the bursary program.
Fundraising initiatives provide essential funds to ensure the continued sustainability of the CEF Bursary Program.
The annual major fundraising event of the Catholic Education Foundation is the Annual Gala Dinner. The large scale fundraiser is the flagship event in the Catholic Education Foundation annual fundraising events program. The event is attended by CEF sponsors and donors, Sydney Catholic Schools office based staff and school communities including staff, families and suppliers, as well as the broader community. All proceeds are donated to the CEF Bursary Fund, supporting children to receive the quality Catholic education they deserve.
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2016 Events Program
CEF 2nd Annual Gala Dinner
The Catholic Education Foundation 2nd Annual Gala Dinner was held at Dooleys Lidcombe Catholic Club, a CEF platinum sponsor.
This event is significant for the Foundation for a number of reasons. Firstly, as it is the annual fundraising event, there is hope to raise significant funding for the Foundation to support the most needy and disadvantaged students, so as to provide them with access to a high quality Catholic education. Secondly, it is an opportunity to show how the generous support of Foundation sponsors and donors is transforming the lives of these students and making a difference. Finally, it provides the opportunity to celebrate the invaluable work of the Foundation and to promote the cause to the greater community, in the hope that others will encourage those in their networks to become involved to support the continued sustainability of the CEF Bursary Program.
Over two hundred and sixty guests attended the annual fundraising event to support the Foundation’s cause. Guests included CEF sponsors, Catholic school communities in the Archdiocese of Sydney as well as corporate supporters who have a relationship with Sydney Catholic Schools. As guests arrived Catholic Schools Performing Arts School (CaSPA) student and Year 9 student at Domremy Catholic College Five Dock, Yasmine Urquhart, showcased her talents as the Cello soloist. The event also featured special guests Paul Martell, Master of Ceremonies and Comedian, Rev Tim Costello, CEO of World Vision Australia and the event’s keynote speaker, as well as pop singer sensation Jacinta Gulisano, The X Factor 2013 semifinalist.
Rev Tim Costello delivered a powerful keynote address. Speaking with passion, humility and drive as he strongly advocated for the education of girls and women around the world to empower their families and communities. Inspiring and thought provoking, Rev Costello spoke of the power of education to improve people’s lives and change the world, especially in developing countries. He reiterated the crucial importance of “organisations like World Vision and the Catholic Education Foundation to impact whole communities.” Hand signed books titled ‘Faith’ and ‘Hope’ written by Rev Costello were available for guests to purchase.
Guests enjoyed the humour of renowned comedian and impressionist Paul Martell as well as the exceptional voice of pop singer Jacinta Gulisano who performed throughout the evening.
Foundation sponsors were acknowledged in a presentation ceremony and photos with the Executive Director of Sydney Catholic Schools, Dr Dan White.
Fundraising initiatives on the evening were a wonderful success. Together a live auction and raffle raised over $10,000 to support the Bursary Program.
The event was such a success due to the contributions of Foundation sponsors, individuals and organisations that so generously supported the event, either via monetary or fundraising donations or attendance on the evening. The CEF would like to acknowledge and sincerely thank the following organisations for their generous support.
Event’s Major Sponsor
The Catholic Education Foundation would like to acknowledge the exceptionally generous support of Dooleys Lidcombe Catholic Club, the event’s major sponsor, providing funding of over $16,500 to the event. Dooleys’ remarkable spirit of generosity ensured the success of this important annual fundraising event. The CEF is deeply grateful to the Dooleys team for their invaluable support.
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CEF Annual Appeal Day – school fundraiser
Week commencing 6 June
The 2nd Annual CEF Annual Appeal Day school fundraiser. Primary and Secondary school students were invited to participate in a mufti day to help raise funds for families in need so their children can receive a quality Catholic education in a Sydney Catholic school. Students wore their favourite blue clothes for a gold coin donation.
The Catholic Education Foundation would like to acknowledge and sincerely thank the following school communities who participated. Thank you for your generous support and Congratulations on together raising a total of $44,727.40 for the CEF Bursary Fund!
Special congratulations to the following Primary and Secondary school communities who ranked in the top three schools for funds raised!
1st Place: Our Lady of The Rosary Catholic Primary School Fairfield $1,426.85
2nd Place: Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Primary School Kingsgrove $1,132.00
3rd Place: Holy Family Catholic Primary School Menai $1,089.50
1st Place: Good Samaritan Catholic College Hinchinbrook $2,959.95
2nd Place: St Patrick’s College Sutherland $2,195.80
3rd Place: Aquinas Catholic College Menai $2,174.00
2016 CEF Annual Appeal Day Honorary Participation List
- All Hallows Catholic Primary School Five Dock
- All Saints Catholic Senior College Casula
- Aquinas Catholic College Menai
- Blessed Sacrament Catholic Primary School Clifton Gardens
- Christ the King Catholic School Bass Hill
- Clancy Catholic College Wext Hoxton
- De La Salle Catholic College Caringbah
- De La Salle Catholic College Cronulla
- De La Salle College Ashfield
- Good Samaritan Catholic College Hinchinbrook
- Good Shepherd Catholic Primary School Hoxton Park
- Holy Cross Catholic Primary School Woollahra
- Holy Family Catholic Primary School Menai
- Holy Spirit Catholic College Lakemba
- Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Primary School Sefton
- La Salle Catholic College Bankstown
- Marist College Kogarah Bexley
- Mater Dei Catholic Primary School Blakehurst
- Mount St Joseph Milperra
- Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Primary School Kingsgrove
- Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Primary School Earlwood
- Our Lady of Mercy Catholic College Burraneer/Cronulla
- Our Lady of The Annunciation Catholic Primary School Pagewood
- Our Lady of The Assumption Catholic Primary School North Strathfield
- Our Lady of The Rosary Catholic Primary School Fairfield
- Our Lady of The Rosary Catholic Primary School Kensington
- Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Primary School Gladesville
- Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic School Miranda
- Regina Coeli Catholic Primary School Beverly Hills
- Sacred Heart Catholic School Cabramatta
- St Aidan’s Catholic Primary School Maroubra Junction
- St Ambrose Catholic Primary School Concord West
- St Andrew’s Catholic Primary School Malabar
- St Anthony’s Catholic Primary School Clovelly
- St Bernard’s Catholic Primary School Botany
- St Brendan’s Catholic Primary School Annandale
- St Brendan’s Catholic Primary School Bankstown Central
- St Catherine Laboure Catholic Primary School Gymea
- St Catherine of Siena Catholic Primary School Prestons
- St Christopher’s Catholic Primary School Holsworthy
- St Columba’s Catholic Primary School Leichhardt North
- St Fiacre’s Catholic Primary School Leichhardt
- St Francis Xavier’s Catholic Primary School Arncliffe
- St Francis Xavier’s Catholic Primary School Lurnea
- St Gabriel’s Catholic School Bexley
- St James Catholic Primary School Glebe
- St John’s Catholic Primary School Auburn
- St John Vianney Catholic Primary School Greenacre
- St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School Belmore
- St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School Como/Oyster Bay
- St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School Oatley
- St Martha’s Catholic Primary School Strathfield
- St Mary’s Catholic Primary School Concord
- St Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Primary School Hurstville
- St Mary-St Joseph Catholic Primary School Maroubra
- St Michael’s Catholic Primary School Belfield
- St Michael’s Catholic Primary School Meadowbank
- St Michael’s Catholic Primary School Stanmore
- St Patrick’s Catholic Primary School Kogarah
- St Patrick’s Catholic Primary School Summer Hill
- St Patrick’s Catholic Primary School Sutherland
- St Patrick’s College Sutherland
- St Peter Chanel Catholic Primary School Regents Park
- St Raphael’s Catholic Primary School South Hurstville
- St Therese Catholic Primary School Sadleir-Miller
- St Therese’s Catholic Primary School Lakemba
- St Thomas More’s Catholic School Brighton-Le-Sands
- St Vincent’s Catholic Primary School Ashfield
- Villa Maria Catholic Primary School Hunters Hill