Supporting Our Community – Thanks from St John’s Care

Rhonda Thorpe, Operations Manager to St John’s Care, sent a beautiful letter of thanks to all MRA ACT members for the continued generosity and support of community organisations such as theirs.

An excerpt from the letter:


Last year in the Present Room, we were able to provide major gifts, books and stocking fillers for around 525 children who otherwise might not have received much at Christmas. We were also able to give out toys to families coming to our Emergency Relief Centre (ERC) who did not meet the criteria for accessing the Present Room.

As well, we provided Christmas hampers to the 237 families who attended the Present Room and used the remainder of our 300 hampers in the ERC in the week before Christmas. In the three weeks of December when we were open for business, we saw 440 clients in the ERC. This is more than we would usually expect to see in an entire month. Those who didn’t receive full Christmas hampers received some Christmas items along with their regular groceries and fresh food.

On Christmas Day, we provided a 2-course lunch for over 250 people plus soft drinks, tea and coffee and cake. As well, there were bon bons, Christmas carols for all to join in led by our wonderful musicians, a visit from Santa Claus and bags of sweets to take home.

Please pass on my heartfelt thanks to the members of the MRA for their support and my best wishes for 2018.


So, to all of our members, thank you for your membership and support; we are only able to help others thanks to you.

The letter in full is available here.

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