Development Office News

Chris Mannering and Dylan Hannan know first-hand how devastating cancer is. They share how their lives have been touched by cancer and their inspiration to make a difference.

Chris Mannering is the Director of Step Fwd IT who has provided IT support to Salesian College for nearly two years. After a number of technical glitches with IT at the College, Chris and his team were able to turn them around. The Step Fwd IT team includes Tim Scholes, Graeme Hook, and Gerard Walker. These guys have worked tirelessly at guaranteeing solutions to IT technical issues but also effectively communicating openly, honestly and in non-geek language to Salesian staff and students ensuring everyone knows what is happening around IT.

At the age of 14 Chris’ life turned upside down when his father passed away from cancer. “Dad was a fit man who loved boxing and running. It was just awful to see him sick and not full of life.” Chris, a father of three, can’t imagine his own children not having him around which has inspired him to ride and raise money for Tour de Cure – Riding to Cure Cancer in April and give something back. It will be Chris’ first time riding the 1,470 km from Brisbane to Sydney in which he will stop at various schools to promote the cause. “Others have told me the riding is the easy part!” Chris must not only ride the distance, but perform all the other duties and tasks to ensure every rider is ready for the next day, promoting his ride, covering his costs, and raising his fundraising goal of $12,000.

Dylan Hannan is a former student who graduated from Salesian College in 2007. After completing his teaching qualifications at Victoria University, Dylan returned to the College to teach PE and Maths. This year marks his fourth year as a teacher here at the College. But it hasn’t been all smooth sailing. Last year Dylan wasn’t feeling his normal healthy self and for a fit young man who has played every weekend with his beloved Diggers Rest Burras since 1998, it was unusual. He saw his doctor for a checkup who then sent Dylan off for an ultrasound. But the results came back – he had cancer. Just 11 days after receiving the devastating news, Dylan was under the knife having surgery. The cancer was aggressive and required two rounds of chemotherapy over a period of six weeks. “It was horrific. I couldn’t eat. I kept vomiting. I didn’t sleep. I was so lethargic.” Dylan had time off to recuperate after surgery and treatment but was back at Salesian as well as out playing footy with his team mates for the final two rounds and finals last season. Today he is back being and doing what he loves – teaching.