Each year, the four Houses of MacKillop dedicate a week each to fundraising for their chosen charity.
As the College celebrates its Silver Jubilee, the Student Representative Council decided to devote all four House Charity Weeks this year to the support of MacKillop House, a residence for vulnerable women in Canberra and the surrounding region.
The College’s Foundation Principal, Sr Noelene Quinane, spoke with the SRC at the end of Term 1 about the support MacKillop House provides to women and their children who are experiencing homelessness, including those who are escaping domestic violence. With 26 separate rooms, MacKillop House provides warmth, safety and comfort for the women and children who may need it.
The money raised by the College will go towards improving the quality of rooms and facilities at MacKillop House in order to help make it more of a ‘happy home’ for the residents.
“I am in awe that the students have chosen to support our women here at MacKillop House and I want to say thank you to the community for that commitment,” Sr Noelene said.
“The need is great, and every little bit of fundraising that comes in for MacKillop House is used directly for the women here, to support them and to make life here more homely and more comfortable and more safe.
“All of our efforts are engaged in making a difference in their lives.”
Support for MacKillop House kicked off in Week 15 of Term 2, with the leaders of Meup Meup coming up with a number of initiatives to commence the fundraising efforts.
The next House Charity Weeks are scheduled for Weeks 2, 6 and 9 in Term 3.
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St Mary of the Cross MacKillop made the statement: “We are but travellers here, so while we are here we should do as much good as we can and live in peace with each other.”
With this in mind, the College respectfully acknowledges the Ngunnawal people who are the Traditional Custodians and First People of the land on which we gather each day. The College also pays its respects to the Elders past, present and emerging, and any other Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander peoples living and working in the MacKillop community.
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