Tuesday, July 26th, 2011 - Mary MacKillop Foundation
The Governor-General, Ms Quentin Bryce AC, will welcome the Mary MacKillop Foundation’s Travelling Sisters Roadshow – Australian Disaster Recovery to Government House on 26th July as the Roadshow travels through Australia’s capital.

Just six months after Australia was hit with floods and cyclones, two Sisters are travelling Australia and visiting schools and community groups in a special tourvan, on a bold mission to encourage the Aussie spirit of helping those less fortunate, including those devastated by recent natural disasters.

The Governor-General, Ms Quentin Bryce AC, will meet with Sister Julianne Murphy, one of the Travelling Sisters to welcome the Roadshow to Government House and to discuss the work of the Mary MacKillop Foundation.

Sister Julianne will present the Governor-General with a gift of commemorative Mary MacKillop Sainthood Wine among other memorabilia from the Mary MacKillop Foundation.

The Travelling Sisters Roadshow – Australian Disaster Recovery is part of the Mary MacKillop Foundation’s work to continue the legacy of Australia’s first saint by giving up to 80 grants of up to $10,000 each to small community-based projects that are dedicated to assisting those who are less fortunate than them or in need of a helping hand.

Sam Hardjono, CEO of the Mary MacKillop Foundation said, “We are delighted to be welcomed by the Governor-General as we share an interest in helping the less fortunate, including those who are still recovering from some of the worst natural disasters that Australia has experienced.

“Australians are generous people, yet with multiple disasters to donate to, there are many small community-based projects that are working even harder to meet the growing needs around them, without any financial assistance. The Mary MacKillop Foundation is continuing the legacy of Australia’s first saint in fostering this Aussie helping spirit by giving grants to small life changing projects that will help them meet even more needs.”

The Travelling Sisters Roadshow – Australian Disaster Recovery is encouraging people to roll up their sleeves to help their communities and to donate money to the ‘small life changing projects’ that are involved in disaster recovery across Australia as well as small life changing projects that help people to achieve self-reliance and overcome destitution, isolation, and the effects of misfortune.

Mr Hardjono explained, “Every single dollar that is donated during the Roadshow will go directly to small life changing projects, including those with a particular regard to disaster recovery. None of the money raised will go to the costs of administering grants or to organising the Travelling Sisters Roadshow – Australian Disaster Recovery. Instead, the Mary MacKillop Foundation will cover the full cost so that donations can go directly to meeting the greatest needs.”

People can follow the journey of the Travelling Sisters Roadshow – Australian Disaster Recovery on facebook: http://www.facebook.com/MaryMacKillopFoundation


How to donate to projects:
To donate to ‘small life changing projects’, including disaster recovery projects, go to www.mackillopfoundation.org.au and click ‘Donate’.

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Mary MacKillop Foundation


In the same way that Australia’s first saint, St Mary MacKillop, responded to the needs of her time, the Mary MacKillop Foundation responds to the needs of our time to relieve suffering and give hope by supporting small life changing projects that provide relief from suffering, distress, poverty, destitution, misfortune and helplessness.

Since 1995, the Mary MacKillop Foundation has funded over 300 ‘small life changing projects’, responding to the needs of rural and isolated communities, indigenous groups and people with disabilities. It has also funded Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Tertiary Scholarships for over a decade with 32 graduates and another 35 currently enrolled.

The Mary MacKillop Foundation is an organisation of the Sisters of St Joseph, the congregation that St Mary MacKillop founded in 1866.
Phoebe Netto
P: 0401036610
W: www.mackillopfoundation.org.au/

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Governor-General, Mary MacKillop, Mary MacKillop Foundation, Travelling Sisters, Quentin Bryce, disaster recovery, Travelling Sisters Roadshow

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