Sydney Catholic Schools do a wholesome lot of good!
Why fundraise for Gift of Goodness
This year, we are calling upon the students of Sydney Catholic Schools to be the hands and feet of the church during these troubling times. To become leaders of charity to help raise much needed funds to support those individuals and families who are doing it tough in Sydney.
The fundraising efforts made by Sydney Catholic Schools will make an immeasurable difference to the lives of many.
There are many ways to get your school involved in fundraising activities.
- Hold a mufti day
- Hold a bake sale - Put the kettle on and bake some cakes
- Challenge yourself - run, walk or cycle to raise funds and support to reach your goal
- Give something up in the name of charity
- Or create your own unique event to raise funds for people in need!
Set up your schools own online fundraising page!
Your school can have their own dedicated Gift of Goodness fundraising page to help raise funds for people in need across Sydney.
Customise your page with your schools logo, information and photos of your student leadership team and share to your network via social media or email.
You can set your fundraising target, and easily watch your progress as you work towards reaching your goal. Donating through the online page will also give parents the opportunity to receive a tax deductible receipt.
Downloadable resources for teachers and students
- Gift of Goodness Information Flyer for Parents
- Fundraising Guide
- 'The Difference your Donations Make' Poster
- Gift of Goodness Ads for school newsletter (various sizes)
- Prayer Poster
- Thank You Poster
Family Educator campaign resources
Family Educators… we need your help!
Sydney Catholic Schools Family Educators are powerful advocates for the Gift of Goodness Campaign and we need your help to make this year brighter for families facing hardship
There are many ways you can advocate for the Gift of Goodness campaign in your school, parish and community:
- Make an appointment with your Religious Education Coodinator or Social Justice committee to discuss how the Gift of Goodness Campaign can be extended beyond the classroom.
- Encourage your parish priest to dedicate a mass to Gift of Goodness.
- Present the Gift of Goodness campaign to your Parents and Friends executive and ask them to support it.
- Email all Class Parents and ask them to email their Parent Group the campaign link - www.giftofgoodness.org
- Reach out to a community group and encourage them to support the campaign.
- Pass a collections basket around at the beginning of the school concert and set a Gift of Goodness fundraising target. At the end of the concert announce the results.
- Promote the Gift of Goodness campaign to philanthropic businesses or individuals in your community.
Family Educators are welcome to organise a presentation from our Gift of Goodness Ambassadors in your school or community. For your local Ambassador contact us on email@example.com.
There are a number of ways to handle the funds raised
1. Direct debit the funds into our account
At the end of the campaign each school will collect their fundraising and make a deposit via a bank transfer. The banking details are as follows:
CatholicCare Charitable Gift Fund
Acc 661 5204
Please Note: It is important to include your schools unique reference number in your transfer so we can attribute the funds to you. If you have lost your schools unique reference code please email firstname.lastname@example.org to request it again.
2. Set your school up with it's own online fundraising page.
Set up an online fundraising page to debit the funds raised at your school activities and collect funds from your school network.
Having your own online fundraising page where all donations from the school, teachers and parents allows you and your network to see your collective fundraising efforts and helps you to reach you fundraising goal!
3. Ask parents to donate at www.GiftofGoodness.org and remind them to reference your school name so the funds will go towards your schools total.
We already collect tins and gifts, how does this fit into the new Gift of Goodness campaign?
CatholicCare is no longer collecting food for hampers as the cost of this exercise took money away from people in need and sometimes the food stuffs were out of date or inappropriate. When we asked our clients about whether they’d prefer the old or the new hamper they overwhelmingly preferred the more nutritious and varied Harris Farm Markets hamper.
If your school has collected children’s Christmas gifts in the past and wants to continue this practice then email email@example.com and we’ll send you information about how to do this for Family Spirit’s foster care children.
How does this work with the Vinnies Christmas collections?
The Gift of Goodness campaign is not intended to replace the wonderful work the Vinnies Conferences do supporting people in need across Sydney. The Gift of Goodness campaign offers an opportunity for donors, in this busy day and age, to give cash rather than shop for donations. The people who receive the Hampers are amongst Sydney’s poorest and most disadvantaged. We encourage you to continue to support Vinnies in every way you can.
Bringing in food is a tangible expression of Social Justice Actions. How can we replace this dimension and still support the Gift of Goodness campaign?
Our Teacher Resources have been developed by Sydney Catholic Schools Teachers and they do a great job outlining how the Gift of Goodness campaign can be linked to Advent, the curriculum and Catholic Social Teaching.
How can I get help or support with the Gift of Goodness Campaign?
CatholicCare has a team who can present at your school and provide you with customised fundraising brochures. If you would like any support please contact the Gift of Goodness campaign office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Who benefits from the Gift of Goodness campaign's fundraising?
Funds raised beyond those needed for hampers will also support CCareline's current programs that help families with:
- Relationship breakdowns
- Parenting challenges
- Ageing and loneliness
- Disabilities both intellectual and physical
- Addictions to drugs, alcohol and gambling
- Mental health