St Edmund's students make a grand exit on way to Schoolies
AFTER an emotional graduation, nine St Edmund's College students made a grand exit on their way to Schoolies central.
Students and teachers formed a guard of honour as the boys began their trip to Cavill Ave.
The reason for all the cheering was the boys' dedication to the cause of their 115km bicycle ride - to raise funds for local and overseas social justice charities.
Skool 2 Skoolies ride coordinator Simon McAndrew said the event gave students pride.
"It puts a positive spin on Schoolies, and allows them to give back one last thing to a community that has given them so much," Mr McAndrew said.
"I'm an Old Boy myself, and I wish I'd had the chance to do something like this."
Mr McAndrew said many of the boys would return home to recover from the gruelling ride tonight, before celebrating their graduation in their own way.
"I'm not sure whether it affects what they do during Schoolies week, but I'd hope so ... doing Skool to Skoolies is a badge of honour and they should wear that achievement with pride."
Skool 2 Skoolies participant George Fraser said he was excited to finish the ride.
"All the past seniors loved it, and it's to raise money so everyone benefits," he said.
Proceeds go to Ipswich Hospice, St Vincent de Paul and the work of the Christian Brothers in East Timor.