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The first round of grants from Catholic Emergency Relief Australia to support the ongoing recovery from last summer’s bushfires has been awarded. With at least $100,000 available, 24 groups applied for approximately $400,000 in funding to support various programs and projects across New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia. Fifteen organisations were successful in seeking grants, receiving a total of $110,000 to support trauma counselling and mental health, as well as community-building initiatives.
Saturday June 14 to Saturday June 20 is Refugee Week, focussing on the theme and celebration of 'Welcome'. In fact, the Refugee Council of Australia has declared 2020, the #YearOfWelcome. No matter who you are, there is something for everyone during Refugee Week. You can do something on your own or with a local community group or business. The important thing is to get involved!

VMCH Board Chairman Julien O’Connell AM says he is thrilled to have been added to the Order of Australia honours, and has dedicated it to the people he works alongside. He was awarded an Officer of the Order (AO) for “distinguished service to community health in the aged care sector through executive roles, and to higher education” on Monday, June 9. It compliments his Order of Australia (AM) in 2013. Congratulations to Julien from everyone in the Catholic Social Services Victoria community. 

"I long to see a new Australia that prides itself on the treatment of First Nations Peoples, that reveres the cultural heritage of this land; where every child who goes to school learns about the First Nations people as the Guardians and protectors of Mother Earth." Sherry Balcombe, Coordinator of Aboriginal Catholic Ministry and member of the Council of Catholic Social Services Victoria, has written a powerful reflection, call to action and statement of hope in Eureka Street, which is connected with the recent protests that took place over the weekend around Australia.

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