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Generous Donation
St Mary’s Head Prefect Bianca Zagni presents Archbishop Doyle with a cheque

Tasmania’s Catholic schools have raised more than $10,000 to help celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Archbishop’s Samaritan Projects Fund.

A cheque for $10,024.33 was presented to Archbishop Doyle at the St Mary’s Grade 12 Graduation Mass by 2013 Head Prefect Bianca Zagni.

The money was collected through fundraising efforts by all 37 Catholic schools across the State.

Archbishop Doyle thanked the 16,000 students at Catholic schools for their continuing generosity.

“Together with staff and families, our students have been a constant source of support and inspiration for the Samaritan Projects Fund and on behalf of those who benefit I thank them all sincerely.

“It is quite astounding to reflect on what has happened since I established the Samaritan Projects Fund in 2002.

“The purpose was to assist families and individuals facing financial hardship to meet necessary expenses, to provide ongoing help to community based welfare organisations, and to enable a swift financial response in times of large scale community crisis.

“Tasmanians have been enormously generous.  Over the 10 years we have raised almost $360,000.  That has enabled a lot of help to be given to many people.

“In the past year alone we have helped eight individuals and 21 community organisations, including a young student who needed help to get to Melbourne for specialist treatment after being diagnosed with cancer.

“This is great work and with the wonderful support of our schools and students I am very confident that the Fund will continue to improve the lives of very deserving people through the years ahead.”