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Nearly 250 parishioners came together for a dinner dance fundraiser on Friday 18 October at the Ascot Vale Senior Citizens Club to raise money for building works around St Mary’s Catholic Church in Ascot Vale.
The night was organised by the Italian community in the hopes of making accessibility to the church easier for elderly parishioners who attend Mass.
A substantial amount of work will be required to improve and mend the church facility and it had been anticipated that the night’s fundraising efforts will be able to contribute towards the project.
‘It’s been a problem for a long time and because we have a lot of elderly people one of them is going to take a tumble so we thought we’d do something about it,’ said emcee and entertainer for the evening, Nick.
The night was filled with music and dancing with traditional music and a raffle was held to assist in the raising of funds for the cause.
A spread of Italian cuisine was lovingly made by a team of women from the community and Rosa Raguno a key organiser of the night welcomed Fr Justin Ford in blessing the meal enjoyed by all who attended.
‘Thank you for giving towards the works around St Mary’s church which is our project at the moment, and I hope you all have a wonderful evening,’ said Fr Justin as he addressed the room of parishioners who attended, many who have been long-standing parishioners at St Mary’s, Ascot Vale.
To assist St Mary’s Church in Ascot Vale’s building works, contact the parish office on (03) 9370 6688.