MacKillop Family Services invites your school to take part in our programs to raise awareness about social justice issues affecting children and families in your local community.
By fundraising for MacKillop Family Services you will help keep Australian children safe. You will help young people who have experienced trauma to recover and reach their potential. And you will help vulnerable families achieve stability. Together we can create supportive communities where vulnerable children thrive.
School engagement opportunities
With the return to on-campus learning, we hope the opportunities to engage your students in 2021 will increase. Please reach out to let us know what works best for your school as we return to a new normal.
Paws4Kids Campaign - April
Our third annual matched giving day on Wednesday 28 April will see donations made on the day multiplied so your students can have an even greater impact raising funds for our Paw Pals program, which uses therapy dogs to make learning accessible for kids who have dis-engaged from school due to trauma in their lives.
Mary MacKillop Feast Day Celebration - 8-14 August
We invite schools to celebrate Mary Mackillop Feast Day with us by using our reflection on Mary MacKillop and other classroom activities, hosting a MacKillop guest speaker to talk about how we continue her work today, and/or fundraising for our work.
Contact us to receive a copy or our school engagement pack as soon as it’s available.
Social Justice program for Student Leaders - subject to COVID-safe options
In 2021, we hope to resume hosting multi-school workshops on social justice issues faced by marginalised children and families right here in Australia. Your leadership students can learn about the history of care in Australia, the experience of kids in foster or residential care today, the impact of childhood trauma and how we help young people through it, and our family services. They will also have the opportunity to meet students from other schools and share their insights on social justice issues.
Contact us to express your interest.
Guest speakers - online or in person
Whether you want to inspire your students to consider a career as a social worker, understand the stigma facing kids in State care, or fundraise for us, we can provide a guest speaker for your assembly or classroom. Where preferred, this can be arranged via Zoom or Microsoft Teams.
Christmas Gift Appeal
Not everyone is fortunate enough to celebrate Christmas with families and receive gifts. It is support from schools like yours that makes it possible for us to give children in our care a present that shows they are valued and loved during this special time of year. Gift suggestion lists and collections are available on request.
For more information, please get in touch with our Community Engagement Officer, Jane O’Callaghan:
What you can do?
We would be honoured if your students would consider raising funds for MacKillop Family Services through activities such as: