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Mercy Connect opens its heart to the community

The Wild Choir performing


Mercy Connect held their annual Open Day on Friday 28 September at St. Johns in Thurgoona.


They opened their doors to families and local community members to come and visit Mercy Connect, and meet the staff and participants who make the local organisation a wonderful place to be involved with.


For the first time the event was held at dusk (5pm – 7pm) to attract more participants, families and community members.


Mercy Connect are a local not-for-profit Catholic organisation delivering programs under the NDIS. They provide a range of services to support adults, children and older people with a disability to live independently and get actively involved in their community


The participants were very excited during the day whilst setting up the event, which included market stalls of handmade goodies – all made by Mercy Connect participants. Stalls included Craft, Woodwork, planter boxes and seedlings.


Participant, Erina, overlooking pieces created by other participants from Day Program outlet Catherine’s Corner.


Over 70 people enjoyed a performance from the Mercy Connect Wild Choir, who performed an array of songs, followed by a stand-up comedy skit by Ian (participant) and a thank-you speech from Peter (participant). Mercy Connect programs and day program outlets including Art space, Learning Centre and Catherine’s Corner showcased the work they have been producing throughout the year.


Outside, attendees got to enjoy a BBQ dinner and a bake sale from the onsite Bottlebrush Café. Whilst mingling and chatting with others, they enjoyed the busking from Neville (participant) who raised funds for the farmers in drought. Even Mercy Connect CEO, Damian Lacey, joined in busking and had a go!


CEO, Damian Lacey, having a go at busking. It’s harder than it looks!


If you missed out on attending the event and would still love to visit Mercy Connect staff and participants, pop into St. Johns at 30 Bottlebrush Street, Thurgoona. They would love to meet you and welcome you to the Mercy Connect family.  If you are looking for handmade goodies, look no further. Pop into St. Johns and purchase a range of goodies handmade by participants with love.


Messages to: Jasmine Cappellari, Mercy Connect


Click here to visit the Mercy Connect webpage