GALLERY: CatholicCare gives bikes to Penola House

CatholicCare Social Services Hunter-Manning celebrated a staff team-building day with a difference on 12 June 2014.

At Newcastle Foreshore Park, five teams of staff raced to assemble ten brand new bicycles that were presented as gifts from CatholicCare to children from Penola House refugee families. The ten children, students of St Columban’s Primary School, Mayfield, were thrilled to receive the bikes, immediately taking their new wheels for a spin, lapping around the Newcastle foreshore carriage shed.

One of the event organisers, CatholicCare’s Danielle Smeaton, said, “The day created an opportunity for staff from across social services who may not have worked with each other before, to play a part in building something together for a great cause!” The team was delighted to see the results of its efforts in the smiles on the children’s faces.

The team-building day strengthened the connection between CatholicCare and the Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle’s Penola House refugee support.

Article and photos courtesy of Geri Williams.

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Geri Williams is the Online Communications and Brand Officer for the Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle. She is also a regular writer for Aurora Magazine.

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