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One of the most endearing and enduring qualities of the St Leonard’s College community is the sense of responsibility for those less fortunate. Our young people are encouraged through a myriad of opportunities to make valuable and meaningful contributions to society.
Recognition of the importance of kindness in today’s world is actively demonstrated and ingrained in the behaviour of our students. They understand that generosity not only manifests in financial giving, but also in the giving of time and gestures inspired by love and compassion.
A range of core College initiatives such as Lennie’s Van and our Warruwi Partnership, along with our vitally important local, national and international social action activities, all contribute to The Amiel Society which disperses the funds raised through these programs, thereby supporting disadvantaged youth.
Launched in early 2018, Lennie’s Van is a St Leonard’s College initiative founded on our strong sense of community.
Senior School students and staff volunteer to assist, attending several different Bayside locations delivering our Lennie’s Van food services to disadvantaged members of our community who have been identified as ‘food vulnerable’ and who are often at a social and economic disadvantage.
Since commencement, Lennie’s Van services have overseen the delivery of weekly breakfasts to adults and children on local housing estates. Our students cook egg and bacon rolls on the BBQ whilst assisting local children in making themselves school lunches. Our bread and fresh fruit and vegetable drop service has delivered thousands of loaves of bread and much-needed fresh fruit and vegetables to our patrons. Our weekly lunches see our students preparing fresh salad rolls during summer, whilst our winter menu consists of hot soup (lovingly prepared by our cafeteria staff) and bread rolls. Afternoon tea services allow our students the opportunity to engage in conversation with our patrons whilst cooking toasties and pikelets to accompany our fresh fruit and vegetable platters. All of these services are delivered to those in need in our local community who benefit not only from the food provided but also from the social interaction due to the social isolation that many experience.
We invite you to view the below animation for further insight into this College initiative.
The Amiel Society has been established as a Public Benevolent Institution (PBI) which has an official charity status with the main purpose of directly contributing to the relief of poverty, sickness and suffering.
This PBI charity status ensures both charity tax concessions and deductible gift recipient status from the Australian Taxation Office.
It allows the College to ensure the prudent management of the funds raised through our social action initiatives such as Lennie’s Van and our Bangladesh education program.