Students show care for others this Christmas

Students Olivia Brien, Brock McPherson, Lucas Bentley and Imogen Brown with teacher Beth Hazel and Headmaster Mark Lewis. Photo: Megan Dunn
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For over 15 years Penrith Anglican College students and teachers have rallied together to help support the less fortunate during Christmas, and it isn’t any different this year.

Participating in Anglicare Sydney’s Toys ‘n’ Tucker campaign, more than 1,300 Penrith Anglican College students across 53 classes will collect Christmas food and new toys throughout November to be packed into special Christmas hampers for families across Sydney and the Illawarra.

Headmaster at Penrith Anglican College, Mark Lewis, said Toys ‘n’ Tucker is a big, whole school event.

“The school fosters a perspective of caring for and serving others in our local and global communities,” he said.

“As an Anglican College it was an obvious choice to make a long-term commitment to supporting Anglicare.

“We hope that the students become aware of other members of the community who are facing tough times.”

Organiser of the event, Beth Hazell, said it’s a fantastic initiative.

“It’s a whole school event and everyone gets involved which is a great thing,” she said.

“It’s been a long-term focus for us as as a school to participate in Toys ‘n’ Tucker and the parents are always incredibly generous.”

If you would like to help by donating funds to the cause you can call Anglicare Sydney on 13 26 22 or visit

“We know that people go through tough times and we feel blessed to be able to help in this small way,” Mr Lewis said.

“We want these families to feel cared for at Christmas, even by people they don’t know.”

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