Bank donation will help keep charity running

Local charity Mary Mac’s Place has joined up with Commonwealth Bank Umina to help provide support to those in need.

The banking branch presented Mary Mac’s with a $500 cheque as part of their ‘Community Donations’ fund.

Practice Manager for Catholic Care’s housing and homelessness programs, Sean Mackinnon, said the $500 donation would help keep the charity’s door open.

“We were advised [of an] internal grant from within Commonwealth Bank and the Umina Branch nominated us as their preferred local service,” Mackinnon said.

“This is a new relationship for us, which we are grateful for.

“Mary Mac’s operates on one full-time paid employee who manages over 50 volunteers and the day-to-day operations of the service.

“Operation costs are approximately $150,000 per annum which include wages, utilities, insurances, cleaning and maintenance and purchasing of essential products not otherwise donated.”

Mary Mac’s is run under the umbrella of the CatholicCare Diocese of Broken Bay and relies on donations through parish charitable works funds and other community donations such as club grants and on occasion, bequests.

Maisy Rae