On Sunday 27 August the annual ‘High Tea in Heidelberg’ was held to support the work of McAuley for Women and Children. Each year McAuley assist women and children who are affected by family violence or homelessness. The event was a great success and we are delighted to confirm that the event and the raffle raised nearly $8,000 for McAuley.

The 170 guests who came were delighted with the lavish afternoon tea and the exceptional service they received from the Year 8 and 9 students who volunteered their time to help at the event. The students worked extremely hard all afternoon and ensured that no table went without constant refills of tea and coffee. Our beautiful collection of vintage crockery adorned the tables and made a huge impression, eliciting many discussions and fond memories from the guests.

We welcomed a number of Mercy Sisters and other members of the Mercy community as well as past pupils and many current families. Some of our guests have been supporting this event for many years and we appreciate their ongoing support. Hayley Marriott from McAuley was the guest speaker and she shared with us the story of McAuley and the vital work they perform. Julia M and Katelyn D, our Faith and Justice Captains, were our very competent MCs for the day and we thank them for taking on this task so brilliantly.

The College was supported in its efforts by some very generous sponsors and donations. We thank the Wilson Family, the Pickett/Harris family, Natio, Miles Real Estate, and the Biotto family who all supported the raffle. A big thank you goes to Lia Heim, who was a very resourceful seeker of donations of a number of the sweet items on the menu. Thank you to the Year 9 class who helped set the tables, to the volunteers who worked tirelessly on Sunday morning to prepare the food and to Lauren Marquet who organised and supervised our team of student volunteers.

The College is grateful to all the volunteers who came together to make this event a success and to those who came to join us for this entertaining and worthwhile event.

Congratulations to the raffle winners:

  • 1st Prize: Katrina Pavone
  • 2nd Prize: Belinda Kelava
  • 3rd Prize: Anne
  • 4th Prize: Lia Heim
  • 5th Prize: Carlyn Groves
  • 6th Prize: Paula Peek
  • 7th Prize: Anna Tilbrook

Marie Jenkins
Community Development Coordinator