Nuns run the good race


Sister Leone Wittmack
Sister Leone Wittmack.
The Sisters of Charity are calling for everyone to support them in their first City2Surf attempt on Sunday 14 August, raising money for projects that alleviate the effects of poverty and social isolation.

The team will be made up of nuns from the open Catholic Order ‘Sisters Of Charity’, who have been devoted to practical service to the poor and marginalised in Australia since 1839.

The Order hopes to gather a large contingent of supporters genuinely interested helping raise funds to continue their valuable work in the community.

The City2Surf team will be led by Sister Leone Wittmack, who has participated in four half marathons in recent years. Sr Leone has also walked 400kms from Dubbo to Darlinghurst in the 'Nun's Run' in 2009, when she was joined by a number of Sisters of Charity to raise money for St Vincent's and the Garvan Institute Cancer Research.

Sr Leone is looking forward to adding the City2Surf to her list of achievements, and in so doing raise vital funds for the continuation of the Sisters of Charity's work.

Sr Leone says the Sisters have a passion for walking with the vulnerable and marginalised in society, and are now ready to walk alongside the mass during the City2Surf in raising awareness and money for the following projects:

  • Providing grants to small community groups that wouldn’t be eligible for funding from other sources such as Government or established philanthropic funds
  • Partnering with hundreds of small organisations that work to alleviate poverty and disadvantage in the community – particularly in the areas of disability, indigenous, refugees and asylum seekers and the poor and marginalised
  • Starting aproject of funding scholarships for young women leaving foster care to study nursing or teaching (the original missions of the Sisters in Australia when they first came)

Visit the Sisters of Charity City2Surf Support webpage


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