Just a quick update to thank you all for the two Nauru-bound containers - they were successfully filled with your donated items, sealed and prepared for pick up this morning destined for Port Botany.
On behalf of FKM our thanks go out to the many parishes in the surrounding areas, namely Randwick, Coogee, Maroubra and Kensington as well as the Catholic schools who continue to support us each and every year: St. Francis Xavier Arncliffe, OLSH Randwick, Rosebank College Five Dock, St. Margaret Mary's North Randwick and St. Brigids Coogee. In the process of packing the FKM team noticed the high-quality of most of the items - a testament to your generosity and respect for our brothers and sisters in the Pacific.
Nauru has a population of a little over 10,000 people - 40% of this population being Catholic. With the support of the MSC Mission Office, the contents of the containers will help establish a number of classrooms and a tuck shop, as well as provide much needed items for the parish community and presbytery. Many missionary nuns and priests have commented on what a difference these items will make to the lives of the locals.
A quick assessment suggests that we have enough leftover items to fill approximately a third of a container. With your help we would like to help fill another, this time destined for our friends in Kiribati. Donations can be brought directly to the Monastery each Saturday morning between 10:00am - Midday to the west wing doors (up the drive way from Roma Ave, turn right in front of the building and drive to the end). Please do NOT drop off items at other times as volunteers are not present to receive the goods. For schools and for larger bulkier/multiple items, please contact us directly on 0403-850-923 to arrange collection.
Many thanks for your continued support of the container appeal.
And please help us spread the word, especially to schools and parish groups.
Blessings in abundance,
Friends of Kensington Monastery