Community Care

Providing support to remote, rural and regional communities in NSW and Queensland

Practical assistance in action

Providing financial and practical support to country families doing it tough

Sister Anne travels hundreds of kilometres on each of her trips through the country, taking cheques, grocery vouchers, donated goods, clothing, toys and school supplies to primary schools, where the principal then directs them to families experiencing disadvantage.

“I sit down with the principal and they tell me what’s going on, they know which families need help, and how I can help,” says Sr Anne. “They ask for things, for example money so children whose families are doing it tough can go on excursion.”

She also visits aged care facilities, charities that are in need of supplies, and parishes where Sisters from other orders are based.

"Children in the country should be able to experience the same joys and educational experiences as kids in the city, it’s important for their education.”

In the 2022–2023 financial year, Sister Anne travelled 6,502 km through country NSW to assist 15 schools

In the 2022–2023 financial year, $17,185 in grocery/petrol vouchers and cheques were given to families experiencing disadvantage

Recent highlights

Helping Eugowra recover from a devastating flood

In April 2023 Sr Anne visited Eugowra, which had been devastated by the November 2022 flood. “St. Joseph’s school was totally destroyed by a two-metre high wall of water, which demolished everything in its path,” she says. “That little school with just 35 children lost everything – furniture, equipment, laptops.”

She took them boxes of toys, puzzles, games, kits, dolls and books, and grocery vouchers valued at $1,500. In June she returned with more toys, stationery and vouchers.

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