On behalf of St Peter’s College and the St Peter’s College Foundation, I extend my sincere thanks to our entire community for the overwhelming support received through our inaugural Giving Day to establish the St Peter’s College 175-Year Anniversary Scholarship.
Benefaction has played an enormous part in developing and sustaining the School since 1847 and last Thursday marked an important turning point in the School’s philanthropic journey; a day in which the collective support of the community saw record funds raised to provide talented and promising students, regardless of circumstance or background, the opportunity to access a St Peter’s College education.
On Thursday 17 June, all donations were doubled by our generous lead donors. I thank the 700 plus members of our community who donated to help those less fortunate, from our most senior donor, Dr John Skipper AM (HWK 1938) who turns 100 this year, to our youngest donor, a Year 1 student.
I am pleased to confirm that we exceeded our target of $750,000, raising in excess of $830,000 to enable more students to benefit from the exceptional academic, co-curricular and service learning opportunities on offer at St Peter’s College.
Since 1869, scholarships have added depth and value to our community and have changed the course of many lives. In response to our Giving Day, members of our community have shared inspiring stories about the life changing impact of a St Peter’s College scholarship. From the Maddern family for whom an Entrance Scholarship, awarded in 1908, changed the trajectory of five generations of their family, to The Hon Bruce Debelle AO, QC (SHT 1956) and The Hon David Bleby QC (DAC 1958) who simply would not have been able to attend St Peter’s College without a scholarship. Their stories have been inspirational in our quest to create further scholarship opportunities.
I thank our community of parents, both past and present, students, staff, old scholars and the wider community for supporting this important endeavour and for making a positive difference to future generations.
With sincere gratitude,
Please direct any queries about Giving Day to firstname.lastname@example.org or phone +618 8404 0528.