Our Lady of Mercy College Parramatta

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Merry Christmas

Help change lives this Christmas with the OLMC Parramatta Mercy Tree

Make a donation to the OLMC Parramatta Mercy Tree on behalf of a gift recipient this Christmas and you will be helping to change the lives of Parramatta’s most vulnerable women and children.

The Mercy Tree is a social justice initiative of the College which also symbolises the growth in commitment to Mercy Values in the students at OLMC and our broader community.

Donations to the OLMC Parramatta Mercy Tree this year help support Women's Community Shelters (WCS). WCS offers vulnerable women at risk of homelessness or domestic violence shelter, active case management, support dignity, self-esteem and a chance to start anew, through the establishment, operation and/or supervision and support of Women's Community Shelters and transitional housing. WCS is currently working to establish a women's shelter in Parramatta, that is due to open before Christmas. 

Annabelle Daniel, CEO Women’s Community Shelters, says her team are very excited for the opening of the new Parramatta Shelter: “The need is great and we’re delighted the countdown has begun to the doors opening. We are incredibly grateful to the OLMC community for their continued support of our Parramatta Shelter. We couldn’t do the work we do without vital community fundraising and I am thankful that OLMC has chosen to continue supporting WCS for their 2019 Christmas Mercy Tree Campaign.”

The person for whom you buy the Christmas Gift Certificate can become a custodian of the Mercy Tree. Once you have purchased your Christmas Gift Certificate, you will be emailed a receipt and the Gift Certificate for you to email or print as a present. Donations are tax-deductible.

Click here to donate.



2020 Catherine McAuley Alumnae Award

For the past 10 years, the OLMC Parramatta Alumnae has given an award to an ex-student who, in the years since she left the College, has made a difference, through her influence or service, to those whose lives she has touched.

Catherine McAuley wrote “… no act of charity can be more productive or good to society, or more conducive to the happiness of the poor and needy, than the careful instruction of women… since whatever be the station they are destined to fill, their example and advice will always possess influence…”.

As beneficiaries of a Mercy education at Parramatta, we have all been empowered to be compassionate, to lead with courage and act justly, and most importantly to make a difference in whatever sphere of life we have chosen.

The women who have received the Alumnae Award have all led very different lives, and their contributions to the lives of others have been demonstrated in many different ways – in their homes, local communities and on the national or international stage.

Do you know anyone who may be worthy of this Award? Click here for further instructions on how to nominate someone for the 2020 Catherine McAuley Award, that will be announced in 2021.