Ray, a former student of St Joseph’s, attended the school from 1950 until 1955 with his two brothers and two sisters.
Ray was inspired to begin donating to the school after hearing about their desire to hold a Campdraft at the local showground.
“About 10 years ago my accountant, Liz Jarvis, was in charge of the Parents and Friends Association at the school,” said Ray.
“They wanted to run a Campdraft at the showground but were scared of the cost.
“I agreed to fund the expenses so at least they could not lose – it was a roaring success.”
Since then, Ray’s continual generous support has helped bring to life numerous Campdraft events at the local showground and school fetes.
Reminiscing on his time at St Joseph’s Ray fondly remembers his extra-curricular geography lessons.
“My teacher, Sister Mary Lewis, invited us (only four students, all boys) in Year 2 class in 1950 to come to school at 8 am, two days a week to learn about the world,” said Ray.
“We learnt about the Empire, Holland, America and so many other countries.
“We all turned up each week and thoroughly enjoyed it.”
“To have recognition and support from Mr Stacks as a former student is a wonderful testimony to our mission as a Catholic school,” said Emma Timmins, Principal of St Joseph’s.
“Community support is invaluable and allows us to keep striving towards our faith, outreach and educational goals.
“We are so appreciative of the contributions Mr Stack has made to our school over the years.”