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Friday, June 9th 2017

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Newman Hosts Primary LifeLink Day

On Wednesday 7 June, Newman College hosted the annual LifeLink Day launch for Primary schools. Newman College welcomed student and staff representatives from 73 of the 93 Primary schools in the Archdiocese of Perth. In 2016, agencies supported by LifeLink assisted 34,000 Western Australians. To symbolically recognise this, each student at every Primary school within the Archdiocese was asked to prepare a single heart that would be brought to the launch on 7 June to be placed on the ovals at Newman College in recognition of each of the 34,000 people assisted by LifeLink. Our Year 4 and Year 5 students assisted in placing each of the hearts into one large heart on the ovals at Newman College. The Newman College Year 6 Student Council performed a rendition of the poem ‘God’s Flight’ by Heather Flood at the launch, and assisted in welcoming their peers from Primary schools of the Archdiocese, as well as the Archbishop of Perth, Most Rev. Timothy Costello, Bishop Donald Sproxton (Auxiliary Bishop of Perth and Chairman of LifeLink), Dr Tim McDonald (Executive Director of Catholic Education Western Australia), as well as Fr Andrew Albis (Parish Priest – Wembley-Floreat) and representatives of the Archdiocese of Perth. At the conclusion of the launch, each of the 34, 000 hearts was carefully removed from the Newman College ovals, and were packed and taken to St Mary’s Cathedral, Perth, to be placed on the lawns surrounding the Cathedral in preparation for the upcoming Feast of the Sacred Heart on Friday 23 June.

The LifeLink organisation was established by the Archdiocese of Perth in 1994 to provide for the ongoing financial and promotional support of agencies established or assisted by the Church in the Archdiocese of Perth. LifeLink’s agencies deliver professional services & caring support to thousands of people in need throughout Western Australia each year

Newman College hopes to host the LifeLink launch again in 2018 to further grow our relationship with the Catholic Archdiocese of Perth and the agencies which it so proudly supports.

Daniel Lynch, Deputy Principal Mission and Catholic Identity

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