CSO MacKillop Day

“Never see a need without doing something about it.”

CSO MacKillop Day

The motto above, famously stated by Australia’s first Saint, St. Mary of the Cross Mackillop, has inspired St Peter’s Campus Maitland Teacher, Aiden Linehan and an organising committee, to launch the inaugural MacKillop Day on November 30, 2013.


MacKillop Day will see staff, students and the wider community of the Catholic Schools Office in the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle ‘walk, ride their bike or motorcycle’ for an event to support Penola House's 10 Lost Children Fund. This fund was established to assist ten orphaned African refugees to relocate to Australia. Currently, Sister Betty and Sister Di are raising funds for the orphans' visas and travel costs.


Buoyed by the response and enthusiasm of everyone who took part in last year’s Walk and Ride for Costa (which helped raise funds to purchase a bike for an African refugee, Costa who was a student at San Clemente at the time), MacKillop Day participants are encouraged to walk or cycle along the Fernleigh Track, or alternatively, ride a motorcycle around Newcastle to raise money for Penola House. All participants will catch up for lunch and refreshments at the Gunyah Hotel in Belmont.


Through her tireless pursuits, St. Mary became a champion of the poor, vulnerable and underprivileged, making her an ideal example for participants to strive toward and be inspired by. For this event, participants are encouraged to seek sponsorship for their efforts and the whole community is being invited to get involved.


To find out more about the event, the 10 Lost Children Fund, and to register please click here.


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