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