Tuesday, August 9th, 2011 - Mary MacKillop Foundation
On Thursday 11th August, the Governor of NSW, Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir AC CVO and Sandra Sully will show their support for the Mary MacKillop Foundation and its unique mission to encourage the Aussie spirit of helping those less fortunate and those devastated by recent floods.

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.

To help raise funds to give grants to small life changing projects, the Mary MacKillop Foundation is holding its Annual Fundraising Dinner at a secret location with stunning harbourside views.

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.

Guests will enjoy a water taxi ride to the surprise venue, a three course dinner, live entertainment and magnificent views. All proceeds from the dinner will go toward helping small life changing projects, including those with a particular regard to disaster recovery.

Those interested in attending the Annual Fundraising Dinner in Sydney on Thursday, 11 August 2011. For more information or to register your attendance, go to www.mackillopfoundation.org.au

Sam Hardjono, CEO of the Mary MacKillop Foundation said, “Aussies are generous people and all across Australia there are small community-based projects that are dedicated to assisting those who are less fortunate than them or in need of a helping hand. 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.

“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’.”

The event is part of the Travelling Sisters Roadshow – Australian Disaster Recovery where two Sisters of St Joseph 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. Each school that is visited will learn about the Australian disasters, how people can help, and the role we all play in meeting needs around us.

“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,” explained Mr Hardjono.

The Mary MacKillop Foundation would like to thank their Gold National Partners, Australian Catholic University (ACU) and Sergeants Mess.

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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