Turning grief into something positive is powerful, even more so when it happens as a community.
Every year now, for four years, the two schools of Emmanuel College and Corpus Christi College play an annual game of pre-season footy, but it’s not just any game.
It’s the ‘Community Cup’, which fundraises for Silver Chain to help those when they most need it.
The Cup started out through personal circumstance a few years ago. When the highly regarded Deputy Principal of Emmanuel College Peter Sackett, who was previously at Corpus Christi, lost his wife Julie to cancer, the two school communities rallied around to help.
“We had so much support from the school communities, from people baby-sitting to dropping off food and the suggestion came up for a fundraising football match to honour Julie,” says Peter Sackett.
I asked for the money to go to Silver Chain as they had been so significant in helping us when Julie was so unwell.
Four years later, the Cup is still going strong as an annual fundraiser that has also brought the two school communities closer.
“There is a lot of natural affiliation between the schools because they are in the same areas and many teachers like me have been at both schools.
"The game is played in such a collegial way, with the boys playing in great spirit and with humility. There’s a sausage sizzle and general fundraising, so it’s quite straightforward.”
This year, on a sunshine filled day, Emmanuel took the honours on the scoreboard. Mr Sackett says both coaches are already looking forward to the game next year.
“I’m really pleased the fundraising still goes to Silver Chain” he says. “It’s great that this event is about supporting the wider community and anyone going through very difficult times.”