Caption: David Olsson, one of Campbelltown Catholic Club’s directors, inspects the new shade structure at the John Therry College sport courts, with Principal Wayne Marshall.

More than $1 million has been donated to local schools and community groups by Campbelltown Catholic Club – despite all the lockdowns and restrictions.

For our schools, that means shade shelters, libraries, sporting grounds, and classroom upgrades.

For our community, that means charity fundraisers can still go ahead and sporting groups can get new uniforms and equipment.

The overarching message is that in spite of all the obstacles of 2020-21, the Club’s donations for that year totals $1,076,349.

“This makes us proud,” said Club President David McDonald. “The Club has continued to back its local school and community through these unprecedented COVID times and remains faithful to its charter.”

One of the biggest beneficiaries is John Therry Catholic College, to help provide vital new facilities at the ageing school in Rosemeadow.

“It is one of the oldest, and lowest socio-economic schools, in the Diocese and in need of maintenance,” said Principal Wayne Marshall. “These funds have made a huge difference to student well-being,” he said. “Fresh and new upgraded toilet facilities and an upgrade to our main learning space – the College Library – has been welcomed by all. The shade structure has also provided a welcome sun safe area for the students to enjoy.”

Campbelltown Catholic Club was founded in 1964 to help fund Catholic education in Macarthur and has so far given more than $32 million.