Wellington schools raise money for Chanel College Samoa

Last Friday four Catholic colleges in Wellington held a fund raising concert to raise funds for Chanel College in Samoa.

The concert featured performances from St Catherine’s, St Mary’s, St Patrick’s Kilbirnie and St Patrick’s Silverstream.

The rector of Chanel College, Fr Mika Tuimavave, came to Wellington to attend the concert.

The Concert was part of a  Change for Change project initiated by Patrick’s College Kilbirnie that aims to raise $NZ20,000 for Chanel College.

“The Change for Change concert was a huge success that showcased the amazing talents that each school has,” said on one of the organisers Kalyb Masoe-Hewitt.

“We are very grateful for the support we have had from the performers, Countdown Kilbirnie, Vodafone Foundation, Pandoro Panetteria, families and friends. ”

He said The concert raised more than a quarter of the total amount set for the Change for Change project.

Chanel College was built in 1963 by the Marist Fathers.

The school has a close connection with St Patrick’s College Kilbirnie.

Its founding rector, Father Bernard Doherty, left from St Patrick’s to establish the college in Samoa.

The two schools share the same colours, royal blue and white, and have the same motto, Sectare Fidem/Taofi Mau le Faaatutua/Cling Fast to the Faith.

Chanel College was once one of the best schools in Samoa, however, over the years the college has fallen into disrepair and is in desperate need of support.

A call for help was answered the St Patrick’s College prefects who looked to further develop the relationship between the two schools and support their pacific brothers and sisters.

They are continuing with their fundraising efforts with car washes, mufti days and other fundraising events.

Anyone who would like to know more or support the school’s efforts can contact Kalyb Masoe-Hewitt at St Patrick’s College Kilbirnie email: changeforchange2014@gmail.com or call the school on (04) 939 3070


  • Supplied: Kalyb Masoe-Hewitt; Courtney Halliday
  • Image: Supplied
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