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Maytime Fair


The 59th annual Maytime Fair was held on Saturday 1 May 2010 at Xavier College in Kew. Melburnians of all ages turned out in the beautiful autumn sunshine to enjoy the fun, games and activities, snap up a bargain at one of the many stalls, and support the vital work of Jesuit Mission in countries around the world.


The day was made possible by the generous time and efforts of many parents and friends of Xavier College, who contributed goods for sale and staffed the stalls on the day.


At the Xavier Boarders Produce Stall, Dianne Gin from the Victorian town of Wonthaggi was among a number of parents from the country who brought down produce items for sale.


‘We pool what we can from whatever region we're from', she said. ‘There's potatoes, cabbages, broccoli... the list goes on.'


As well as supporting the work of Jesuit Mission, Dianne said the day was an opportunity for them to meet other parents with sons boarding at Xavier College.


‘It's a really good opportunity for us to catch up with other boarding parents. It's not only that you're helping out, you're also catching up with friends who are a long way away.'


A number of people at the Maytime Fair were there as both supporters and shoppers. Joan Gilchrist, whose grandson goes to Xavier College, donated plants to the stall and was also there to shop for art books.


‘The reference books I get here for $1 a book are an enormous resource. I had to buy a new book shelf after last year, and it might happen again I think.'


Shane Collins' son is in Grade 6 at Burke Hall, and his daughter is at the Early Learning Centre. His connection with Jesuit Mission goes back many years, and he says his favourite part of the day is catching up with people.


‘I see a lot of our friends here. With busy lives it's very difficult to meet people all the time, and it's great for a catch-up and to see what's happening with people.'


Some travelled a long way to be part of the fun. Margaret Eade and her husband Dennis came down from Sydney for the fourth time this year. Margaret said she enjoyed the community aspect of the Maytime Fair, and was happy to help support it in this way.


‘It's a fun way to raise money for a group of people who are marginalised and need help', she said.


Jesuit Mission Director Fr Phil Crotty SJ paid tribute to the Xavier College community, and all of the volunteers and patrons who contributed to a special day. 


'It's miraculous how a team of dedicated volunteers can create such a wonderful event', he said. 'With the generous support of the staff and students of the school, they are able to do so much for people in developing countries, people whom they may never see.'


Click here for more photos from the Maytime Fair.


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