TRADITION CONTINUES: St Mary’s students Jessica Healy, Leah Neale and Michaela Cronan donated $500 to St Vincent de Paul youth program facilitator Kristie McKean at a presentation at the school on Friday.
TRADITION CONTINUES: St Mary’s students Jessica Healy, Leah Neale and Michaela Cronan donated $500 to St Vincent de Paul youth program facilitator Kristie McKean at a presentation at the school on Friday. Rob Williams

Students donate prize to charity

PRIZE money for a video filmed by four St Mary's College students became the gift that kept on giving.

Claire Sotiriadis, Jessica Healy, Leah Neale and Michaela Cronan entered a video inspired by Ipswich Sister of Mercy Jane Gorry into the Sisters of Mercy competition.

Their short film was selected and the girls decided to donate their prize money to a local St Vincent de Paul youth program.

College campus minister Jayne Johanson said the College was proud of the team's success.

"The Sisters of Mercy in Brisbane held the competition to celebrate 150 years in Queensland, and we're gearing up to celebrate 150 years in Ipswich next year, so it was good timing," Ms Johanson said.

"The girls made a video based on Jane Gorry, who was the first Australian Sister of Mercy and grew up in Ipswich.

"They based it on reports of Jane Gorry in Ipswich, but revealed it was her spirit and ideas in other people."

Ms Johanson said it was fitting the money was donated to a charity with a vision similar to that of the Mercy.



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