Thursday, August 4th, 2011 - Mary MacKillop Foundation
New South Wales is receiving a unique visit from two Sisters 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.

Two Sisters of St Joseph are travelling through New South Wales, visiting schools and community groups as part of the Travelling Sisters Roadshow – Australian Disaster Recovery that will see grants of up to $10,000 being given by the Mary MacKillop Foundation 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, “Aussies are generous people, yet with the flood levy and multiple disasters to donate to, there will be 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.”

Just six months after Australia was hit with floods and cyclones, the Mary MacKillop Foundation is continuing 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, including those with particular regard to disaster recovery.

To help raise money for the grants, the Mary MacKillop Foundation has launched the Travelling Sisters Roadshow – Australian Disaster Recovery. Two Sisters of St Joseph are driving to towns all across Australia including New South Wales in a special tourvan, visiting hundreds of schools as well as town centres and areas affected by recent natural disasters.

Leading the Roadshow is Sister Julianne Murphy, a qualified teacher in both primary and secondary schools who has been a principal at a number of schools. People can follow their journey on facebook: http://www.facebook.com/MaryMacKillopFoundation

“Each school visited will learn about the Australian disasters, how people can help, and the role we all play in meeting needs around us. If we were to ask what Mary MacKillop would be doing if she were alive today, we know she would be helping rebuild communities and the lives of the victims affected by these disasters, in keeping with her philosophy to ‘never see a need without trying to do something about it’,” commented Sister Julianne.

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 overcome destitution, isolation, and the effects of misfortune. Most importantly, a project must assist people in achieving an increased measure of self-reliance and human dignity.

Sam Hardjono, CEO of the Mary MacKillop Foundation said, “Grants will not be based on the amount of donations received during the Roadshow. Rather the Foundation will meet its commitment to provide grants of up to $10,000 to 40 small life changing projects as well as up to 40 equal grants to disaster recovery projects by the end of 2011, making available a total of 80 grants of up to $10,000 each. The effects of these disasters will be felt for a long time and we are providing funding that will see these projects through 2012.”

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.”

As part of the Travelling Sisters Roadshow, the Mary MacKillop Foundation will be holding its Annual Fundraising Dinner in Sydney at a secret location with stunning harbourside views on Thursday 11th August.

The grand event will feature Sandra Sully as Master of Ceremonies with special VIP guests the Governor of NSW, Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir AC CVO and John Hewson AM. For more information or to register your attendance, go to www.mackillopfoundation.org.au

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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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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