Fire Disaster Relief Appeal 2020

January 2020:

Total donations from Parishioners:                           $  11,990
Total donation from the Parish Charity Fund:           $  11,990
Total combined donation from SJB Parish Engadine:$  23,980

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Rural NSW continues to suffer from drought, and is now affected by the worst fire season on record. The Country Womens’ Association (CWA) Disaster Relief Fund assists those in need due to drought, fires, and floods.  

We extended our November Drought Appeal to include the fires.  In support of Parishioners generosity, we matched DOLLAR for DOLLAR from the Parish Charity Fund.

Donations may be made in the following ways:

Go to the CWA site Complete the donation details on screen, selecting ‘Disaster Relief Fund’ and upload your donation. Forward your 100% tax deductible receipt to,


Place your donation in an envelope marked FIRE DISASTER RELIEF, with your name, amount and email address (Street Address if you don’t have access to email). Place this in either collection bag at Mass,


Deliver your donation to the Parish Secretary (Tara) during office hours. Tara will be able to process credit card donations for you in need.

If you prefer to donate to the Vinnies Fire Appeal the Parish will match donations dollar for dollar from the Charity Fund. Use the same options as above.

Selection of Country Womens Association (CWA)

Following considerable research, the Parish Finance Committee have chosen the Country Women’s Association (CWA) to be the Charity to receive parishioner donations for Drought and Fire relief for the following reasons:

  1. The CWA is a volunteer organisation, well known to everyone for their fund raising scones at street stalls, shows and country fairs, among other assistance they provide direct to farming families.

  2. Every cent of what we donate will go direct to farmers in need. 

  3. No administrative costs are being deducted from our donations.

  4. Donations are eligible for 100% tax deduction.  

  5. The CWA provide grants of up to $3,000 for each farmer in need.

  1. To date, they have provided over 6,500 grants to farmers.

  2. The money has been, or will be spent, almost entirely in their local communities.

  3. The grants target the farm household costs, rather than the farm.

  4. They cover bills for groceries, vehicle maintenance, school, electricity, rates, telephone, dental and medical.