Ongoing support for Blue Mountains community
Following the devastating bushfires in the Blue Mountains region in October 2013, CatholicCare Social Services Parramatta has been working with St Thomas Aquinas Parish at Springwood to provide ongoing support for the local community.
To assist children and families coping without the support and structure of their school communities during the summer holidays, a series of family outdoor movie nights and a sports clinic have been held on the grounds of St Thomas Aquinas Primary.
So far, more than 1000 people have participated in these free community activities.
The emergency bushfire appeal launched last year by the Catholic Diocese of Parramatta has now raised more than $300,000.
The Bishop of Parramatta, Most Rev Anthony Fisher OP, expressed his thanks to the people of the Blue Mountains for their quick and inspiring response in this hour of great need and to all those who contributed to the emergency appeal.
“Many, many people dug deep into their pockets to assist those affected by the bushfires,” Bishop Anthony said. “I would like to thank each and every person for their donation. Your generosity will enable CatholicCare Parramatta to provide counselling and support in the Blue Mountains area for the foreseeable future.
“We will continue to work with the Springwood Parish to support and rebuild the surrounding communities.”
CatholicCare Parramatta’s Executive Director, Otto Henfling, said the Church’s social services agency will be an ongoing presence in the community in the months and years ahead.
“We have been able to expand our counselling support service to three days a week at the new location of Shop 12, 150 Macquarie Road, Springwood,” Mr Henfling said.
The free counselling service for people who have been affected by the bushfires is available on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10am-4pm. To make an appointment call CatholicCare Parramatta’s office tel (02) 9933 0222.
At the free sports clinic for children aged K-Year 6 on Friday 10 January, Cricket NSW development officers John and Hamish Lees taught cricket skills to more than 100 keen youngsters.
|Photography: Claire Gordon|
The entertainment on Saturday 11 January included a jumping castle, face painting and a concert by Australian singer/songwriter Pat Drummond, who is based at Leura.
Our thanks to members of St Thomas Aquinas Parish community, sponsors, CatholicCare staff and volunteers who made sure everyone enjoyed popcorn, snow cones and a sausage sizzle before a screening of the family movie Epic in the evening.
Thanks also to Cricket Australia, Butterfly Zee Face Painting & Photography, Popanor’s Parties, Pat Drummond, and Outdoor Movies Australia.
Saturday 18 January: entry from 6pm, movie Life of Pi starts at 8pm.
Saturday 25 January: entry from 4pm, music concert 4-5pm, jumping castle 4-6pm, movie The Sapphires starts at 8pm.
All events will be held on the grounds of St Thomas Aquinas Primary, 168 Hawkesbury Road, Springwood. Everyone is welcome.
Visit www.ccss.org.au and Facebook www.facebook.com/CCSSParramatta Photo gallery: Community event on Saturday 11 January 2014
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