Two Sisters of St Joseph will travel through Western Australia for a month, 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 community projects that are helping their fellow Australians.
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.”
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 Western Australia in a special tourvan, visiting hundreds of schools as well as town centres and areas affected 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.
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. Community-based self-help projects are invited to visit the Mary MacKillop Foundation website to apply for funding that will help them meet even more needs.
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.”
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 throughout South Australia.
“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 Mary MacKillop Foundation is looking for small life changing projects that help people to overcome destitution, isolation, and the effects of misfortune. This can include projects that have a particular regard toward disaster recovery as well as other small life changing projects. Most importantly, a project must assist people in achieving an increased measure of self-reliance and human dignity.
Mr Hardjono explained, “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, but without any financial assistance.
“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.”
The Travelling Sisters Roadshow – Australian Disaster Recovery program is available to all schools in Western Australia. Interested schools should contact the Foundation to request the Travelling Sisters Roadshow to visit their students.
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’.
How to apply for grants:
Small life changing projects can apply for grants by filling out the application form at the Mary MacKillop Foundation website. Go to ‘Receive Support’ à ‘Projects’ at www.mackillopfoundation.org.au The closing date for small life changing projects is 30 June 2011.
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.
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