Fundraiser celebrates 25 years

    More than 150 people packed out St David’s Anglican Church hall for the 25th annual Ecumenical Dinner fundraiser. 

    Members from seven local churches worked together to help organise and run the dinner, which raises money for YouthCARE’s chaplain at Applecross Senior High School. 

    This year’s event raised $6,000, putting the total amount raised over the 25 years to more than $92,000. 

    Coordinator Gwen Stagg was honoured alongside fellow volunteers Thera and Keith Alexander for their 25 years of service. 

    Gwen said she was proud to be part of such a wonderful event that unified the local churches. 

    “Chaplaincy helps the children,” she said. “Anything that helps the children is a worthwhile cause. 

    “All the churches contribute and everything is donated because we need the money to go towards chaplaincy. We do the same thing each year because the people love it. 

    “Even though people are from different denominations, we all know each other. We are all part of the same community. The unity is doing something good for a common cause for our schools.” 

    Guests of honour included City of Melville mayor Russell Aubrey and his wife Glenys; Area Chaplain Andrew Hadfield and Applecross SHS chaplain Andrew Saxton and his family. 

    Will, Ollie and Charlotte Saxton were all busy helping in the kitchen alongside five volunteers from Applecross SHS. 

    “This was my third year that my wife and I have attended the Ecumenical Dinner and once again we really enjoyed the evening,” Andrew said. 

    “The volunteers do such a great job in organising the event and ensuring that it runs smoothly. For the last two years we have had student volunteers from Applecross SHS helping out at the event which has strengthened the connection with the school. I have also been lucky enough to have my own children come along to help serve for the last couple of years - very little encouragement needed! 

    “As a chaplain, it is very humbling to know local churches of all dominations are fully supportive of the work being done by YouthCARE and in addition to prayer, they continue to support us through events such as the Ecumenical Dinner.”