The Lasallian Mission Council has been overwhelmed by the generosity shown by All Saints Catholic College Liverpool in donating many classrooms- worth of furniture and text books to assist Lasallian primary schools in Papua New Guinea.
The LMC is especially grateful to the school's Principal Stephen Gough and the Sustainability Project Officer at the Catholic Education Office, Gary Burrows for their invaluable support for our project.
The drive was triggered by a visit to PNG last year by Lasallian Mission Council Executive Director Merv McCormack and Auxiliary Visitor Br Chris Gorringe.
They were both amazed by the commitment and dedication of the primary school teachers who, despite a lack of resources such as books and furniture, continue to have an inspiring impact on the learning outcomes of children and make a difference in their lives.
We are also extremely grateful for the support shown by a large number of Catholic primary schools across Sydney who have pitched in with generous book donations for our PNG schools.
Special thanks to staff and students from St Christopher's School in Panania, St Michael's School at Belfield, St Mark's School in Drummoyne, St Therese's School in Denistone, St Brigid's School in Marrickville, All Hallows School at Five Dock, Villa Maria School in Hunters Hill, St Ambrose's School in West Concord, Our Lady Queen of Peace School in Gladesville and St Therese's School in Lakemba.
We are particularly grateful for the support shown by St Christopher's School at Panania which also donated furniture to PNG.
Staff at the Lasallian Provincial Office have filled one shipping container at La Salle College Bankstown with resources ready to be sent to PNG and a second container has been ordered to accommodate such generous donations.
We are most grateful to La Salle College Bankstown Principal Michael Egan for kindly setting aside space at his school for the shipping container and to warehouse additional donations that have come in this month.
The donations will be sent to PNG over coming months.