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The Southern Cross : November 2011
November 2011 Page 13 www.thesoutherncross.org.au and their Assessor Luke Hayward and the heritage architect Richard Woods, contractors Kennett Pty Ltd for the Schoolhouse and Ashleigh Smith for the interpretive centre," Claire says. "Due to their excellent work we moved back into the Schoolhouse on 12 October -- a week before the big celebrations.The Schoolhouse is stronger than ever with the roof tied down to hurricane standards." South Australian Premier Mike Rann also visited the site and announced a $100,000 special grant for the Schoolhouse repair s, which enabled the work to star t immediately. "We sincerely thank all concerned for assisting the recover y and enabling us to be ready for the Canonisation of Australia s Fir st Saint, Mar y of the Cross MacKillop on 17 October 2010," Claire says. www.ccinsurances.com.au Catholic Church Insurances Limited ABN 76 000 005 210 AFSL 235415 At CCI we understand a church is the heart of a Catholic community's faith, and in protecting the bricks and mortar we are ensuring the parish community will always have access to this important spiritual centre. CCI was formed by the Church for the Church 100 years ago and we share a common passion and mission to protect the people and property of Church. Over the past 32 years CCI has returned more than $223 million in distributions, sponsorship and grants from the surplus made from the operations of the company. We are a stable and nancially secure company committed to continuing our support of Church. In this our centenary year we extend our sincere thanks to our loyal clients for allowing us to support their mission and thus ful l our vision of serving Church. We'll see you through now and into the future. We see a church as so much more than just a building... Penola Tornado With just weeks to go before the Canonisation of Mary MacKillop, a freak tornado ripped through Penola and tore the roof off the historic school house where Mary and Fr Julian Tennison Woods started it all. A phone call to Catholic Church Insurances launched a recovery effort that would have done our rst Saint proud. It couldn t have come at a busier time. Preparations were well underway for thousands of pilgrims to converge on the Mar y MacKillop Centre in Penola to take par t in the October 17 2010 Canonisation events. Then, on the evening of Saturday, July 31 2010 at 6.30pm a tornado hit, completely unannounced, and cut a swathe through a strip of the town, damaging homes, businesses, spor ting clubs and the heritage listed Schoolhouse where Mary MacKillop taught in 1867. Claire Larkin, Chair of the Mar y MacKillop Penola Centre Committee, experienced the windstorm, which was followed by heavy rain, and knew the situation was serious. "The noise was like a jet plane screaming into the town," she says. Hearing that the Schoolhouse had been hit, she and her husband headed straight down to investigate the damage. "The streets were covered in debris from trees and iron roofs," she said. "We saw that the iron roof had been ripped off the building, the fence was down and sheets of iron were littered all around the place.The electricity was off and it was too dangerous to do anything that night as the rain poured down." The r st thing Claire did was register for assistance at the emergency depot. "There were no repor ts of injuries to people so that was good news," she says Claire s next por t of call was to John Lemm, South Australian State Manager for Catholic Church Insurances. "John s response was immediate -- 'We will have an assessor there tomorrow and give you all the assistance you need ," says Claire. The next day, together with volunteer s from emergency ser vices, Wattle Range Council and the township, Claire made sure the building was safe to enter and set about inspecting the damage. "We found that the new displays in the main school room had little damage because there were old wooden shingles under the iron and they had provided some protection," she says. The ceilings were down in the two back rooms with water damage to the furniture and oors, forcing the volunteer s to move ever ything into the old convent and interpretive centre. Meanwhile , a skylight had also blown out in the interpretive centre, letting rainwater in. Canvas awnings had been torn to shreds, there was minor damage to the roof and pieces of asbestos from a neighbour s roof were lying all over the ground. In the middle of all of this, CCI Insurance Assessor, Luke Hayward, arrived from Warrnambool. "His exper tise was immediately evident as he inspected and documented the damage," says Claire. "He listened to our requests, par ticularly the need to be back in business for October 17, and assured us that date was possible." Thanks to CCI s assistance, contracts were let in a matter of weeks and the work proceeded quickly and ef ciently. "We are most grateful for the exper tise and co-operation of Catholic Church Insurances, through Manager John Lemm Penola tornado damage : Emergency workers secure the damaged roof of The Schoolhouse in the wake of the windstorm. Message from Archbishop Philip Wilson President, Australian Catholic Bishops Conference The 100th anniversary of Catholic Church Insurances is a time of celebration not only for CCI itself, but for the whole Church community in Australia. When the Bishops of Australia decided in 1911 to create their own insurance company to provide re insurance for Church proper ty, they could not have envisaged the sophisticated and diversi ed general insurance and nancial ser vices provider that Catholic Church Insurances has become. But despite its impressive growth and development over the years, CCI has never lost sight of its core mission -- to ser ve Church. Anyone in the Church who has endured dif culty or hardship, whether it be re, ood, theft, proper ty damage, accident or injur y knows that they can count on CCI to get them back on their feet again.This allows the various arms and activities of the Church to operate with con dence and to concentrate their effor ts on the one great mission we all share: to actively love God and our neighbour, and to be God s presence in our world. I am delighted to congratulate Catholic Church Insurances on the occasion of their 100th anniversar y. I thank them for their outstanding commitment to the Catholic Church in Australia and wish them ever y blessing as they embark on another centur y of ser vice. Message from Sr Anne Derwin rsj President, Catholic Religious Australia It is my pleasure, on behalf of Catholic Religious Australia, to congratulate Catholic Church Insurances on the occasion of their 100th anniversar y. The recent major research project into Religious Life in Australia showed ver y clearly the extraordinary number of different ministries in which people are engaged.These ministries, often walking with people on the margins of society, can take us to far ung places in remote, rural and regional Australia or to the centre of big cities and the suburbs. On top of this work, a number of religious order s are engaged in running schools, hospitals and aged care facilities. One of the things that allows us to under take these ministries with con dence is the contribution of Catholic Church Insurances. Their deep understanding of the Church, of Religious Life, and of our mission to make present the love of Jesus Christ in our world, means that over the years, they have developed an unrivalled exper tise in insuring our people, buildings, works, and activities. Catholic Church Insurances has also earned a reputation as a generous suppor ter of the Church community. We only have to remember the many Diocesan celebrations in honour of the Canonisa- tion of St Mar y MacKillop last year to see how CCI s suppor t of such events enriches our community and helps bring us together. I warmly congratulate Catholic Church Insurances on their Centenary celebrations and wish them ever y blessing for the future.