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High Tea enjoyed by all

Posted: 11-Sep-2019

The annual High Tea in Heidelberg, hosted by the College on 8 September, was once again a successful event on a range of measures.  

Approximately 115 guests attended – current families and students from OLMC, past families, Mercy Sisters, local community residents and staff and associates of McAuley Community Services for Women (MCSW). The monies raised have been directed to MCSW to support their work of advocacy and outreach for women and their children affected by family violence, mental illness or homelessness.  Each year MCSW helps over 1300 women and children to rebuild their lives, supporting them on their journey towards independence and a safer future.

Jocelyn Bignold, Chief Executive Officer of MCSW, and Josette O’Donnell, Senior Health Promotion Officer at Eastern Health (and a member of the OLMC Class of 1997), shared with us their insights into the work of providing support for women who are victims of family violence.  Both women presented some challenging information and messages about violence against women and the urgent need to take action and accelerate change in social norms for respectful relationships.

A final tally of funds raised for MCSW is pending. What is clear, however, is that the raffle raised $1300. First prize was an accommodation package at Wytonia Beachfront in Port Fairy, donated by the Wilson family. The College is grateful to the Wilson family for this generous and highly sought after prize!

Special thanks to the 17 students who waited on tables and undertook multiple host duties and to staff and parents who helped with the preparation of sandwiches and plating of cakes (Shift 1, Sunday morning). Gratitude is also extended to OLMC’s Food Studies staff and classes (Year 10) who prepared most of the enticing and sometimes ‘wicked’ sweets on the menu. 

Marie Jenkins
Community Development Coordinator

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