Montagne Day Pledge Initiative 2016 & 200 Years of Marist Education
On Friday 28 October 2016 St David’s Marist Inanda celebrated Montagne Day, with 2016 being the 200th Anniversary of the date on which St Marcellin Champagnat visited the dying Jean-Baptiste Montagne, an event which inspired the young Marcellin to start a teaching order, namely 'The Marist Brothers'. Montagne Day marked the closing of the formal celebrations of the St David’s Marist Inanda 75th Jubilee Year and introduced the 200 Years of Marist Education Bicentenary and the 150th year of Marist education in South Africa. The former will be celebrated internationally during 2017.
In remembrance of this significant event in Marist history, all St David’s boys were encouraged to continue the legacy of St Marcellin by pledging to act in a manner that reflects the Marist values. These pledges were brought to the Altar, as part of the Offertory Procession, at Montagne Day Mass on Friday 28 October, together with the Montagne Day Pledge Tree (the boys' pledges will be composted and used to plant the tree in the Montagne Quad) and the St Marcellin Champagnat photo montage. The face of St Marcellin is made up out of individual photos of the St David's boys, staff and 75th Jubilee events.
Pledges amounting to R 70 650 were received - the funds brought in by the boys will go into a bursary fund for a young, underprivileged boy (a modern-day Montagne), in honour and remembrance of the young Jean-Baptiste Montagne and the opportunities he did not have. A particular thanks to the Grade 5s who took part in the 94.7 Mountain Cycle Challenge on 13 November and brought in just under R 22 000 towards their 2016 Montagne Day Pledges. A portion of the donations went to the ‘Hands of Champagnat’ Grade 11 service portfolio committee for their 2016/17 community project. The funds will form the start of the boys' own Jubilee Circles of Friendship, as per Matric Years that they will eventually become, for example, those boys who were in Grade 6 in 2016 will be the Matric Class of 2021.
We thank our community for their tremendous support throughout the Jubilee Year.
Christmas Giving Campaign 2016
Thank you for your support!
2016 marked the third year of the annual St David’s Marist Foundation Christmas Giving Campaign – an initiative through which donors give a Christmas gift of a different kind - one which will have the most profound impact on the lives of young boys who ordinarily would not have access to the unique opportunity of a Marist education, due to family or social circumstances. This is especially relevant as we enter the celebration of the Bicentenary of 200 Years of Marist Education in 2017 (and 150 Years of Marist Education in South Africa).
Huge thanks to the donors who supported the 2016 Christmas Giving Campaign - funds of R 18 400 were received which were highly appreciated in light of the fact that the campaign this year ran alongside the 2016 Montagne Day Pledge initiative (which brought in funds of R 70 650). Total contributions to the Christmas Giving campaign over the past three years amount to R 194 000.
Through the generous gifts of our extended St David’s Marist Inanda community, we have once again supported 17 boys through the St David’s Marist Foundation this year. When these boys matriculate they will take their place as Marist Alumni in the ‘big world’ and we have no doubt that they will make their mark and pay forward to society the gift they have received from you. It is a privilege and an honour to watch these young men grow and mature into fine young Marist men.