MacKillop Family Services invites your school to take part in the following 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 future generations of Australian children safe. You will help young people who have experienced trauma to recover and thrive. And you will help vulnerable families achieve stability. Together we can change the future.
Get involved and fundraise for these children to help them heal from their past trauma and develop to their potential.
School engagement opportunities
Your school could support us with events throughout the term or choose us as your main charity for the year!
Paws4Kids Campaign - 22 April
Our second annual matched giving day will see donations made on the day multiplied so your students can have an even greater impact raising funds for our canine–assisted learning program, which uses therapy dogs to make learning accessible for kids who have struggled to engage with mainstream education due to trauma in their lives.
Run Melbourne - 26 July
Staff and students can join Team MacKillop and participate in Run Melbourne—one of Melbourne’s largest community events —and raise funds for our cause. Anyone raising over $100 will receive a free t-shirt to wear on the day!
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, hosting a MacKillop guest speaker to talk about how we continue her work today, and/or fundraising for our work.
Social Justice program for Student Leaders - 28 April, 9 October
We will host two multi-schools workshops on social justice issues faced by marginalised children and families right here in Australia. Your students can learn about the history of care in Australia, foster care today, the impact of childhood trauma and how we help young people through it, and our family services.
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, Susan Parajuli:
What you can do?
We would be honoured if your students would consider raising funds for MacKillop Family Services through activities such as: