Wollongong Sister reaches out across the Nullarbor

School supports outreach

Staff at St Brigid's Catholic Primary School near Wollongong in NSW have launched a Hearts Across the Nullarbor campaign to help Anthony Warlow's sister with her work in remote indigenous communities in Western Australia, reports The Illawarra Mercury.

Teachers at the Gwynneville school decided to raise money for Sr Anna Warlow's work after she visited the school last year and spoke of the need. Principal Jennie Werakso said it was part of St Brigid's annual social justice focus.

A committee of seven teachers has organised an event at the Fraternity Club on Valentine's Day called Hearts Across the Nullarbor. Christine Anu has agreed to perform and Bishop Peter Ingham will be present along with Sr Anna.

Her Good Samaritan Rural Outreach program is a community initiative that provides care for isolated indigenous communities as well as rural, wheatbelt and mining families in remote mid-west and eastern regions of Western Australia.

'She does a lot of work for the diocese ... and a lot of teachers from our school have benefited from her spiritual wisdom,' Mrs Werakso said.

'The last time we were with her she talked about this initiative. She comes over a couple of times a year from Western Australia. But last time she was here she talked about what she does. 'We were really concerned for her because she has to depend on her staff in her order and whatever donations she can get. So we thought we would like to help out.'

Photo: Andrew Astill, Jennie Werakso, Louise Sartor, Chris Price, Annie Wells and Emma Tory (back row) with members of St Brigid's indigenous choir Malachi Craig, Brianna Lanihan, Jed Chandler, Tahnee Chandler and Darcy Lawrence

FULL STORY Sister's work across Nullarbor opens hearts (The Illawarra Mercury)

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