I can still remember the Sunday morning in October 2006 when I heard on the news that a young man had been bashed unconscious in the city. Later that day I learned that the person who suffered the assault was in fact a student I had previously taught in the Junior School – James Macready-Bryan. That information personalised that shocking incident.
In order to bring something positive from the traumatic events of that October night, the Carey community responded wonderfully. In addition to their support of the Macready-Bryan family, the JMB Foundation was formed, as was Step Back Think.
Each year, the Carey community supports the JMB Foundation through involvement in the Melbourne Marathon. It is the primary way that we raise funds to support those with acquired brain injuries. This year, the three chaplains at Carey (Janine, Scott and myself) will be running/jogging/walking in the 5.7 km event. We are seeking to raise as much as we can for the JMB Foundation. The target has been set at $20,000. At one level this is a challenge, but when broken down into the various areas of the school that we represent, it is very achievable. I invite you to support this most worthy cause. I cannot imagine what it is like for parents to have their hopes and dreams for their sons and daughters snatched away because they have an acquired brain injury. We are honoured to play our part (along with many others from within Carey) in this wonderful event. If you would like to donate, please follow the link and help us to Run For Those Who Can’t