St Patrick’s College legends lend voice to resilience workshop

TWO St Patrick’s College legends will return to the school for a special event next month.

Olympian marathon runner Steve Moneghetti and Collingwood premiership player Nathan Brown will be joined by Magpies sports science director David Buttifant to present a night on the importance of resilience for parents and students.

The night has been organised by the N.I.C.K. Foundation, which was established following the death of 20-year-old Nicholas Buttifant, who took his own life in 2009.

Nick was a talented musician, who had the world at his feet.

Out of this tragedy, the N.I.C.K. Foundation was born. With the sole aim of giving today’s youth hope for tomorrow, N.I.C.K. set out to instill self-belief, compassion and resilience in young people and their families.

The organisation’s workshops and presentations are built around the act of sharing personal experiences, and provide not only a safe environment for discussion, but also a toolkit for overcoming the challenges of life.

The N.I.C.K. Foundation was named in honour of Nick Buttifant, and from the letters of his first name the Foundation found its core values: Nurturing, Independence, Commitment and Knowledge.

The event in Ballarat will focus on the key theme of resilience and will be held in the OCA Pavilion on March 12, starting at 7.30pm.

Entry will be free for students and anyone under 18 while adults will be asked to pay a $10 entry fee at the door as a donation to the N.I.C.K. Foundation.

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