May 2019 Fundraising Success

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The 500 Supporters’ Group Luncheon on the 22nd May 2019 was once again a sold out event raising funds for the Ruben Centre.

Over 500 people gathered at the MCG to hear from a host of great speakers including current AFL Brownlow Medallist Tom Mitchell and his father Barry Mitchell, Paralympic Champion Kurt Fearnley and Ruben Centre’s own Br Frank O’Shea and Liz Mwangi. The room was abuzz and the compassion from the audience towards hearing the remarkable stories direct from Mukuru, delivered by BR Frank and Liz resulted in fundraising records being shattered.

From the lunch itself, several commitments from generous foundations and trusts, plus  through several lead up smaller events there was over $600,000 pledged in support of Ruben. This result exceeded all expectations. 500 Supporters Group Chairman Patrick O’Brien stated: “This was a huge result. There is a lot of satisfaction in that for the 500 Supporters team, because we know just how well those funds will be used and how much will be achieved.”

Thank you to the 500 Supporters’ Group for your continued support of ERFA.



Late last month saw ERFA host the inaugural Sydney Long Lunch at Darling Harbour. It was a great day had by all, raising much needed funds and awareness for our programs around the world and saw school principals, staff, Brothers, parents, old boys and supporters in the room.

Very importantly, we were also graced with the presence of two visitors from Nairobi, Liz Mwangi and Br Frank O’Shea who, between them, painted for us a picture of the enormous involvement and contribution which ERFA makes via a whole range of programs to improve the lives of so many disadvantaged.

Br. Frank, who has been stationed in Africa for decades, was also able to reconnect with people who had visited him either at the Ruben Centre in Nairobi or at his previous posting in Arusha, Tanzania.

Our guest speaker was St Pius X Old Boy Robert Fitzgerald AM and our MC was Waverley College Old Boy, Andrew Coorey, who both did a great job of entertaining the audience. Both included discussion on the vital importance of service in its many forms, as well as a wide range of reflections – even back to their time at school.

On top of the entertainment and awareness raising, just over $30,000 was generated through the event which will really help to change the lives to those in ERFA funded programs in Australia and overseas.


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