Battle of the Codes Helps Yipirinya Keep Swimming
At the end of Term 1, sporting codes from the Senior School battled it out in the water to help raise money for the Yipirinya School swimming pool. Service Prefect Tim Rose, who visited the Alice Springs school in Year 9, led the fundraising effort after learning of the school’s plight.
In 2010, the Australian Government partially-funded a swimming pool for the independent Aboriginal school. With a loan on the remainder of the cost still to be paid, Tim and the Prefect body decided to hold a fundraiser for the school, which has had a connection with Christ Church’s Pilgrimage of Hope (POH) initiative since 2008.
The prefects ran a Battle of the Sporting Codes event open to all Senior School boys. The lunchtime swimming event, pitting summer and winter codes against each other, included a sausage sizzle and entertainment by DJ Harry Breidhal (Year 12).
Tim, who was a pilgrim on the inaugural father and son POH to Alice Springs, said donations, like the boys’ fundraising effort, meant funding could stay allocated to other important learning areas of the school.
At a recent assembly, Tim presented Yipirinya School principal Ken Langford-Smith with a cheque for $1,440. Mr Langford-Smith said the donation would help some of the most disadvantaged students in Australia. “We value your friendship and support very highly indeed. Thank you for caring and for sharing.”
The Pilgrimage of Hope is a local, national and international service-based initiative co-ordinated by Christ Church. The fourth pilgrimage to Alice Springs, which takes fathers and sons (Years 8 and 9) to serve at the school, departs this week.