Wednesday, October 26th, 2011
On Friday 28th October, The Honourable Justice Martin Daubney and Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk will show their support for the Mary MacKillop Foundation and its unique mission to encourage the Aussie spirit of helping those less fortunate, particularly those devastated by the recent floods and cyclone.

As we approach the one-year anniversary of the Queensland floods and cyclone, the Mary MacKillop Foundation knows that serious need still exists within communities and is holding an inaugural Fundraising Dinner to raise money for disaster recovery.

“In keeping with Mary MacKillop’s philosophy to ‘never see a need without trying to do something about it’, the Mary MacKillop Foundation continues her legacy by supporting ‘small life changing projects’ across Australia that help people to overcome destitution, isolation, and the effects of misfortune,” explained Sam Hardjono, CEO, Mary MacKillop Foundation.

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 less fortunate than them who are in need of a helping hand. The inaugural Fundraising Dinner will help raise money to allow the Mary MacKillop Foundation to fund even more small life changing projects and meet even more needs, particularly in areas left devastated by natural disaster.

The dinner, to be held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, will also celebrate the conclusion of an exciting initiative for 2011, the Travelling Sisters Roadshow – Australian Disaster Recovery. This initiative has seen two Sisters of St Joseph travel Australia visiting schools and community groups in a signature red tourvan, on a bold mission to encourage the Aussie spirit of helping those less fortunate, including those hit hardest by recent natural disasters. Each school visited has learned about the Australian disasters, how people can help, and the role we all play in meeting needs around us.

“Many children in Queensland have seen some very sad scenes of disaster from natural disasters, either in person or on television. We have been passing on hope to rebuild as well as reducing the isolation that disaster can create by helping them to walk in the shoes of Australians who also experience serious challenges, such as a young Sudanese schoolboy who has arrived in Australia as a refugee, or a homeless lady who is receiving help through the Mary MacKillop Foundation,” commented Sister Julianne Murphy, a qualified teacher and experienced principal in both primary and secondary schools who led the Roadshow.

The grand event will feature The Honourable Justice Martin Daubney as Master of Ceremonies with special VIP guest the Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk.

Guests will enjoy a three-course dinner and live entertainment, with all proceeds from the dinner going toward helping small life changing projects, including those with a particular regard to disaster recovery.

When: 7pm, Friday 28th October
Where: The River Room - Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre
All donations from the dinner to the foundation will go toward small life changing projects in Australia.

Those interested in attending the inaugural Fundraising Dinner should visit for more information or to register their attendance.

The Mary MacKillop Foundation would like to thank its event partners for the Inaugural Fundraising Dinner in Brisbane, DIY Superannuation Services, Grant Thornton, RBS Morgans and Qantas. The Mary MacKillop is supported by its Gold National Partners, Australian Catholic University (ACU) and Sergeants Mess.


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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

small life changing projects:

Some of the small life changing projects that have just received grants from the Mary MacKillop Foundation include:

  • a group that helps reconnect elderly Australians in Queensland who evacuated from their homes during the recent floods
  • a housing and rehabilitation program that provides a caring, supervised and safe home for families at risk to live in whilst undergoing rehabilitation and learning vital life skills, while keeping the family unit together
  • a weekly program that helps people suffering from financial distress to reduce their food bills by teaching them basic cooking skills that use cheaper fresh ingredients
  • a free digital storytelling arts program for teenagers that are new migrants to Australia and struggling to transition to a new language and culture
  • a not-for-profit that offers transport for Indigenous Australians who were stranded by Cyclone Yasi.


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