Parade College has long valued the importance of service education for its students. Examples include the College Ministry Retreat Program, community service, St Albans Primary Tutoring Program, ‘The Cage’ where students sleep overnight to raise awareness for the plight of refugees; fundraising for Nzara Hospital in South Sudan and the annual Christmas Party for the elderly to name but a few.
One initiative which has continued for over 15 years is Eddie's Brekkie Van Program. Students and staff volunteer to cook a breakfast for residents and children in Olympic Village in West Heidelberg.
It was great to see Old Paradians volunteering their time to assist recently. Steve Nailer arranged for some of his 1987 alumni to get involved. Jeff Bloom, Matt Vear and Tony Hally did a great job. They commented that it was a quite humbling yet rewarding experience. Jeff said "It was enlightening to interact with adult patrons, but seeing the faces of the primary school aged kids getting their lunch boxes filled, enjoying a warm milo and coming back for seconds and thirds of sausages was particularly gratifying". Matt commented "It was a very humbling experience to do this". Christopher Blampied from the class of 1967 and John Bell 1963 were also in attendance.
Any Old Paradian or Old Paradian classmates who would like to support this worthy College initiative can contact Anne Marie Morello, convenor of our Community Service Programs at firstname.lastname@example.org.