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Traditional, and very popular, at the annual bazaar is a dunk-the-teacher competition. PHOTO: Patrick J Lee

Thousands of people gathered at St Ignatius’ College in Riverview which was transformed with all the colour and energy of an Indian market on 14 September.

Now in its 68th year the Indian Bazaar is the major fundraiser for Jesuit Mission in NSW. Each year it is hosted by the college and supported by other schools, local parishes and communities in and beyond the state which pull together to create a day of rides, stalls, food and entertainment all for a good cause.

Jesuit Mission CEO Helen Forde said that hundreds of people of people volunteered their time and skills preparing and more than 1500 students helped out on the big day with all proceeds going to more than 50 education and other projects in 14 countries across Asia and Africa.

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A giant slide was part of the attraction for younger fete-goers and their parents. PHOTO: Patrick J Lee

“It was a great day of community coming together, united in faith to support our vulnerable friends,” she said. “We would like to give our heartfelt thanks to everyone who participated in making the day possible and we look forward to seeing everyone again at the 69th Jesuit Mission Indian Bazaar”.

Highlights of the day included the annual Rugby 7s tournament and, for the first time, a battle of the bands fought out by members of the Jesuit schools and parishes.

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