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Age shall not weary them

After the last edition of The Bilum, Mercy Works Inc. received a very generous donation from nine retired Victorian Sisters of Mercy. These sisters, ranging in age from their mid-70s to 101, live at Cabrini Residential Care in Melbourne.

According to the group’s carer, Sister Claire Skehan, after reading The Bilum the sisters were so impressed with what was being accomplished in the projects that they wanted to offer financial as well as prayerful support.

“They were particularly keen to assist Papua New Guinea by contributing $1000 towards the training course for Village Health Volunteers in Kiunga,” reports Claire.

At the same time, another community of retired Mercy sisters in Bendigo, Victoria, decided that instead of giving one another Christmas gifts, they would send a group donation to Mercy Works. They contributed $310.

Apparently these two inspiring actions are not isolated cases. “We often receive donations from older sisters across Australia in addition to their annual membership,” says Sister Rosie Carroll, Mercy Works Inc. Executive Officer.

“We also receive donations from a lot of older individuals in the community, and some of them would be finding it tough-going financially.

“To all our donors we say a very warm ‘thank you’. We are humbled by your commitment and big-heartedness!”