Cycling for Children: Solomon Islands Br Charlie Randle sm, Fr Chris Ketsore sm & Marist Seminarians in Rome

Dear Marist Mission Centre Friends,

Br. Charles ‘Charlie’ Randle sm is now 78 years young and still riding his bike for 500+ kms to support the ‘Cycling for Children Appeal’. After more than 50 years working in a variety of ministries in our Province, he has moved into a retirement village in Brisbane to be near his family. Br. Charlie is now fit and well after knee surgery and rides his bike for 25 kms two or three days each week.

This year some more Marists will be riding their bikes with him.  Fr. Chris Ketsore sm a young Marist priest from Bougainville and currently a teacher/chaplain at Marist Brothers College, Ashgrove, Brisbane will again accompany him. Some Marist seminarians undertaking studies for the priesthood in Rome have also volunteered to ride their bikes around busy Rome to support Br. Charlie.

Our 2019 Cycling for Children Vanuatu Appeal is for the upgrading and repair of classrooms, girls and boys dormitories and dining room facilities at Queen of Martyrs, Wainoni bay. It is a very isolated location with limited communications and no phone or internet connections. This community has been nominated by the Provincial of Oceania as the school most in need of your support.

This year the Marist Mission Centre again invites you to sponsor Br. Charlie, Fr. Chris and the Marist seminarians in Rome to raise funds for the alleviation of poverty in this remote and very poor community in the Solomon Islands.

The Marist Fathers have a very special connection with the mission district and people at Queen of Martyrs, Wainoni Bay, Solomon Islands. When the first Marist missionaries stepped ashore on the Island in the 1840’s three were martyred and others died shortly afterwards of malaria.

The community is very isolated and poor. Many of the children who attend school are from remote villages in the mountains behind the peaceful coastline. The children live in dormitories as past of their school program and return to their villages for holidays. Their parents see education as the future for their children and as a way of alleviating poverty.

Six seminarians will be riding their bikes in Rome to support this project: Samuela from Fiji, Ben from NZ , Floyd from Bougainville, Gabriel from Cameroon, Steve from Senegal and Jamie from Mexico.

Fr Patelesio Taufa sm from Tonga is the local parish priest at Queen of Martyrs and is strongly committed to the education of children and opening up new dreams and hopes for the community.

The Cycling for Children Appeal 2019 is to upgrade the school buildings, dormitories and kitchen to support the children and their families in their hopes for a future. Your generous support will assist in upgrading these school facilities.