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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 10 Hansard (21 September) . . Page.. 4235..


Whalan; the medical staff, match day staff, Raiderettes and everyone else who makes the Raiders the team they are.

I also acknowledge the many sponsors, including the following major sponsors: CFMEU, CITEA, Local Liquor, Canberra Milk, Good Sports Territory, the Tradies, Victoria Bitter, Coca Cola, and Powerade. I hope the team's exceptional run home this year will convert to more memberships in 2011 and even more corporate interest. I encourage all Canberrans to get behind the team and to visit www.raiders.com.au and sign up to support the Raiders. Finally, I wish the Toyota Cup Raiders all the best for their preliminary final bout against the Rabittohs on Saturday and also for a speedy recovery for Terry Campese.

Mary MacKillop—feast day

Eid-ul-Fitr festival

MR DOSZPOT (Brindabella) (4.27): In my capacity as shadow minister for education and training, I had the pleasure of accepting an invitation from Mr Michael Lee, the principal of MacKillop Catholic college, last Friday, 17 September, to join with over 1,800 students, staff, parents and invited guests for mass at the Tuggeranong basketball stadium to celebrate the feast day of Mary MacKillop, who is soon to be canonised as Australia's first saint.

The mass was concelebrated by Bishop Pat Power, Father Constantine Osuchukwu, Father Mick McAndrew and Deacon Vince Barclay. Invited guests included the foundation principal of the College and congregational leader of the Sisters of St Joseph, Sister Noelene Quinane, and members of her order of sisters as well as the ACT primary and secondary principals from nearby schools and their student representatives. Other special guests included staff and students from St Joseph's, Eden and Bombala, schools that were founded by Mary MacKillop. They made their pilgrimage to Canberra travelling by bus from Eden and Bombala to be present for the feast day mass and the feast day's other special activities.

The feast day mass itself had a vibrant liturgy underpinned with the story and charisma of Mary MacKillop and was met with dignified participation and reverence by college students. A special feature of the feast day mass, was a blessing from Bishop Pat Power to those who were soon travelling to Rome to represent the college at the canonisation of Mary MacKillop on 17 October. These pilgrims to Rome include the college principal, Michael Lee, deputy principal, Michelle Marks, assistant principal, Lois White and student leaders Oliver Oakman, Danika Taggaza, Andre Wilkes and Isabelle Schmidt.

The mass was followed by feast day celebrations at the Isabella campus where 1,650 students, including the visiting students from Bombala and Eden, gathered to enjoy a fun-filled day of activities and stalls which included hot dog stands, jumping castles, sausage sizzles, face painting stalls, student bands and a special athletics event called the MacKillop gift.

I was again impressed with the visible enthusiasm and commitment of staff and students. This is indeed a college of great vibrancy, life and love, and it is in the


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