CBC Fremantle students make jarrah chopping boards for needy


CBC students with their handmade chopping boards, which were donated to St Patrick’s
Community Support Centre. Picture: Keane Bourke
CBC students with their handmade chopping boards, which were donated to St Patrick’s Community Support Centre. Picture: Keane Bourke

STUDENTS at CBC Fremantle got their wood working tools out recently to create 26 artisan jarrah chopping boards for some of those most in need.

The 11 students spent eight weeks making the boards, each taking an average of 18 hours to create in total, with the labours of love then donated to St Patrick’s Community Support Centre.

CBC Fremantle service learning co-ordinator Maria Garbin said the students had come up with the idea to do something special and the school had backed them.

“Some students expressed an interest in having a project for their service learning hours so I looked for an opportunity that would involve the students in the local community and St Pat’s was a natural fit,” she said.

“The chopping boards were designed for some to be used in the kitchen at St Pat’s, some to be given to those with their home relocation packages and others to be sold at St Pat’s Rack to assist in further raising funds for the centre.”

St Patrick’s Community Support Centre chief executive Steve McDermott said it was a beautiful gesture from the school.

“St Pat’s is grateful for each donation which comes through our doors, but there is something special about handmade gifts created with St Pat’s in mind,” he said.

“The CBC students’ chopping boards demonstrate not only the boys’ capable craftsmanship, but their willingness to consider those less fortunate and their commitment to the Fremantle community, for which CBC should be very proud.”