(Photo courtesy of The Illawarra Mercury)
A wonderful act of philanthropy by Chevalier Past Student Bruce McDiarmid (CPS 1955) and his wife Val and their family is featured here in this WIN TV news item and the Illawarra Mercury link below. A generous donation of $100,000 will mean the homeless in Wollongong will have access to an innovative mobile laundry system.
Chev students and staff are familiar with the plight of the homeless in Wollongong as they are regularly rostered to be members of the “Vinnies Van” that delivers food on the streets as part of the social justice program here at the College. Currently Chev is working with the local St Vincent de Paul Society to look at local forms of assistance for the growing homeless problem in the Southern Highlands.
Bruce McDiarmid was an outstanding student at Chev, being the College Captain, Senior Cadet Leader and Open Athletics Champion in 1955 as well as the First XV rugby team captain in both 1954 and 1955.
More recently Bruce and his wife Val supported a bursary at the College and he was one of the first donors to respond to help the Chevalier College Foundation when it began. Congratulations to the McDiarmid family on this generous humanitarian gesture to support those less fortunate in their home city of Wollongong.