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St Valentine’s Day event aids children in Ghana

Friday 15 February 2019

Media and Communications

On Valentine’s Day, a High Tea fundraiser at the Grand Hyatt was held for Catholic Mission’s project for children living with disabilities in Ghana.

With 370 people in attendance, the afternoon began with a blessing by Bishop Terry Curtin and was followed by an auction hosted by Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne’s Media and Communications Director, Shane Healy.

Prizes included overnight stays at the Grand Hyatt and the Marriott which received generous bids.

‘We’re here to challenge the infatuation that gets caught up in the celebration of Valentine’s Day,’ said Catholic Mission Melbourne Director Kevin Meese. ‘What we hope to achieve today as a group of people is to support a great cause.’

‘The great search for humankind is to find fulfillment in love, and this fulfillment is found in our God and in the life and example of Jesus,’ he said. 

‘And so we do acknowledge that we think it’s fun that roses are red and violets are blue I think it’s always good to acknowledge that we are loving creatures who reach out to people in need.’

A short video outlined Catholic Mission’s current campaign, which is raising money for Nazareth Home for God’s Children, a small parish in the Diocese of Yendi in the Northern Region of Ghana.

The Marian Sisters of Eucharistic Love (MASEL), a local Ghanaian congregation, under the leadership of Sister Stan Terese Mumuni, established the Nazareth Home for God’s Children as a safe space for all children born with defects and disabilities who are considered to be spirit children and therefore a ‘bad omen’ to their families.



The afternoon, which was organised by Catholic Mission’s Donor Relations Manager Lorraine Valledares, continued with entertainment, with Catholic Mission’s Melbourne Director Kevin Meese on piano and Gennazano FCJ College student Samantha Cook as cantor soprano. Following was a special blessing of the 45th wedding anniversary of Dr Tim and Professor Margaret Hamilton and a fundraising game of bingo.


 ‘I think it’s been tremendously successful,’ said Meese of the event. ‘The feeling in the room is exciting, with everyone coming together for this great cause and finding out more about Catholic Mission and the Ghana project.’




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