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Friday, June 27th 2014

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Newman Sports Assoc Annual Charity Lunch

Newman Sports Assoc Annual Charity Lunch

The Newman Sports Association, which comprises eight sporting clubs made up predominantly of current and past Newman College students, and which participate in local community competitions, has a close symbiotic relationship with Newman College itself. Over the past five or so years, the Association, in true Marist Spirit and with the support of the College, has conducted an annual fundraising luncheon, the purpose of which is to support a family within the Community which is in significant need of some special assistance.

Sophie Martin is 5 years old and attends Pre Primary at one of Newman’s surrounding Catholic primary schools. Sophie has a severe form of Epilepsy (known as Dravet Syndrome) and Cerebral Palsy. She therefore has extremely high support needs and can never be left alone. Sophie is in a wheelchair for most of the day and her parents require a customised vehicle to enable Sophie to travel in her wheelchair. A new customised vehicle will also enable Sophie’s parents to carry the necessary equipment used for Sophie’s continued learning.

This year’s event was held at a local bowling club on Friday 27 June with special guests, singer/songwriter and Newman past student, Morgan Bain, and Mark Harvey, past Fremantle Dockers Coach.

Newman College’s theme for 2014 focuses on one of the five Marist Characteristics, In the Way of Mary. Examples such as the NSA Fundraising Luncheon brings to life the special characteristics of Mary: Faith in God, Courage and Hope in Adversity, all characteristics lived out on a daily basis by Sophie and her family.

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