Through the generosity of donors, CatholicCare Victoria raised over $162,000 from more than 1,000 donations to our annual Giving Tree Appeal. Many donations were received online through the Giving Tree on our website which is bursting with virtual donation baubles, some inscribed with messages of hope.
Yet again, we have been humbled to witness the kindness and generosity of Victorian supporters who, despite another challenging year of lockdowns, continue to express their compassion for those less fortunate and their commitment to our shared mission.
As part of the Giving Tree campaign, we distributed 500 hampers to brighten the festive season of families in need across Victoria. The remaining funds will be used to provide a range of supports for individuals, families and communities.
Clockwise from top left: Giving Tree hampers; our amazing volunteers; distributing hampers in Orbost; in Bendigo; in Ballarat; and in Geelong.
We give our heartfelt thanks to all donors who contributed to the Giving Tree Appeal. We also give a special mention to Our Lady of the Pines Donvale Parish, Catholic Regional College in Sydenham, Holy Family Primary School in Mount Waverley, Mary Immaculate Primary School in Ivanhoe, Marymede Catholic College in South Morang and Sacred Heart College in Newtown, who rallied their communities and fundraised for collective impact.
We thank our volunteers Madison and Makalya who helped to pack the hampers, and the following businesses who provided free or discounted produce for our Christmas hampers: Rinoldi Pasta, New Colonial Cookie Company, Food Factory Sales, and Ital Food Group.
We also thank the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne for supporting our campaign through the Jesus is Christmas program on Channel 31.
Another Christmas is over and by now, trees and decorations have been packed away until next December. CatholicCare’s Christmas Giving Tree Appeal will also be closed soon but thanks to all the donors who have contributed, our programs and services can continue to make a positive impact on families and individuals in need.