Social Enterprise Update

The fitout of The Two Wolves is coming along just fine!  Within 48 hours of beginning, the construction team at Archeden had demolished the existing marble bar and old kitchen area.  Interior designer Michael Delany has donated a stainless steel bar top which has been installed and will provide the necessary sinks, ice wells, beer fonts, and prep area for maximum drink-serving satisfaction.

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Bellarmine House- Reflection

The upper levels of The Cardoner Project's Chippendale office are the living quarters for a community of 17 young men. The fabric of Bellarmine House is dynamic, to say the least - ranging from 18-23 years of age, the variety of personalities and pursuits makes for an exciting residency, with boys studying anything from Arts to Medicine.

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Bellarmine House- Thailand Immersion

Our duties largely consisted of playing with and feeding the more mobile mentally disabled children at the home – not that it felt like a burden. A trip to the beach with 20 of these kids packed into an 8-seater minibus was an OH & S nightmare on paper, but an uplifting celebration of the human spirit in reality. Language and age barriers were shattered as we ran through the waves and staged tug-o-war battles on the sand. Songs and smiles filled the bus trip back, despite the sweaty, sandy messes that we’d all become.

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Bellarmine House- Gerroa Retreat Reflection

On the 23rd of July a small number of residents of the Bellarmine House, including Father David Braithwaite SJ, drove down the coast for a short retreat at Gerroa. The aim of the retreat was to build upon existing relationships, welcome fresh faces (With 2 new men joining the community this semester), and cover the logistics of the running of the house for the upcoming semester.

 

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Thailand- A 6 Month Reflection

In the village of Huay Tong in Northern Thailand, the boys continue to serve as part of the Arrupe Education Project managed by Fr Vinai Boonlue, SJ. It is an initiative that exists to improve the educational outcomes of Karen and Hmong children. The current participants are James Grant, Nick Slaven, Hugo Vlachos, Thomas Wells, Alex Mann, Callum Ryan and Declan Scott. Lorenzo Benitez and William Noonan recently finished their six-month stints and returned to Australia in July.

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Micronesia - A 6 month Reflection

Teaching has been a roller coaster of frustration and joy as I have grown into my role as a teacher, striving to make my classes more engaging and informative. Classes can get pretty chaotic, a student may decide that the back of the class room is the ideal place to play some basketball, wants to see how long they can hide in a locker until I realise, or just feels the need to dance and sing along to Snoop Dogg. 

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