O.L.A. Celebrates International Women's Day

13 March 2020 | General Interest

International Women's Day is powered by the collective efforts of all. Collective action and shared ownership for driving gender parity is what makes International Women's Day successful. Gloria Steinem, world-renowned feminist, journalist and activist once explained "The story of women's struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organisation but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights." So last weekend our Social Justice Group ensured that our Parish recognised International Women's Day in style.

Thanks to Mary Cameron (6.30pm Mass), who has worked for the past 30 years as an accredited Pastoral Associate in the Archdiocese of Melbourne, and is currently working with Australian Catholic Religious Against the Trafficking of Humans (ACRATH), and Sr Pat Fox, (9am and 11am Masses) the Australian Sister of Our Lady of Sion who was ordered to leave the Philippines because of her work standing in solidarity with the poor and marginalised. Sr Pat is also now working with ACRATH, for their inspirational words. The group ran morning teas after 9am and 11am Masses, with Christine Hargreaves providing music at the morning tea after the 11am Mass.

The raffle raised $900 for Sr. Pat Fox’s chosen charity. (Children's Resource Centre. They are a group who work with children traumatised by violence or calamities.  They have been working with, among others, children from families whose parent or siblings have been killed in the "drug war" in the Philippines.  Currently they also have a Social/Psychological program for children displaced by the eruption of Taal).

Thanks again to all for a super effort, and for all the great helpers on the day.

Please see some photos below of the event, enjoyed by all.

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