The latest from Trinity Families

2021 Trinity Families Appeal underway

BISHOP Greg Bennet has urged the members of the diocese to generously support the annual appeal for Trinity Families, in our parishes this year. 

With this Sunday, being Trinity Sunday, it is timely to consider the appeal which has run throughout this month.

 “As good stewards of the gifts that God has given us, we must always find a necessary place for those who need our help.

“To achieve this, Trinity Families Fund needs to continue to grow its funds so that this mission of service can be more effective,” he said.

Trinity Families is the Sale Diocese’s charitable fund and over the past 15 years has provided over $1.5 million to assist other charities to run programs for families in need in our region.

“I have been reliably informed that the demand placed upon Trinity Families’ funding in the 2020 COVID year was high.

“It is important to keep to the forefront of our minds that this is our own charity arm specifically set up to serve and support the needs of families in the Greater Gippsland area.

“While there are many calls upon our donations at this time, what is both worthwhile and unique about Trinity Families is that it is locally based and supports the particular needs of our area.” Bishop Bennet concluded.

Programs funded previously include bushfire relief, family counselling services, parenting programs, school breakfast programs, suicide prevention, respite care, drug and alcohol programs and emergency accommodation.

Bishop Greg urges everyone to give generously to the May 2021 Appeal.  

Those wanting a receipt for Taxation purposes are asked to use the envelopes available in churches.

Those who wish to donate by credit card can also call Trinity Families on 5614 5141.

Details of donating by bank transfer are available on the Trinity Families donate section.  

$108,560 given to Charities in 2019

TEN charities operating across Gippsland and Melbourne’s Outer South East have shared $108,560 in funding allocated by Catholic Diocese of Sale charitable fund Trinity Families for 2019.

The allocation brings the total amount distributed by Trinity Families to $1.6 million over the past 15 years. Cheques were presented to representatives of the various charities at a function at Warragul on Tuesday October 29 by Bishop of Sale, Pat O’Regan.

Trinity Families assisted an additional two charities this year, up from eight charities in 2018, thereby increasing the charity’s broader impact in the areas including food support, drug recovery support, early years’ assistance and counselling.

This brings the total number of charities assisted by Trinity Families to 67. See the Those we have helped page for full details.


Show your support through Ritchies IGI

You can assist Trinity Families fundraising efforts by getting a Ritchies IGI Community Benefit Card and using it every time you shop at one of the chain's supermarkets.

Ritchies operates throughout Gippsland and the Eastern suburbs of Melbourne, but not all IGIs are owned by Ritchies. A percentage of all sales made on a card is distributed to the linked charities, schools and community groups.

If you contact us we can send you a Community Benefit Card which will ensure the benefits flow onto Trinity Families. Otherwise you can get a form at any Ritchies IGI and fill it out with Trinity Families marked as the organisation you support.

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Cost effective fundraising

Did you know that many of the best known charities spend millions each year in promotion and that often less than 50 cents in the dollar makes it through to the cause. The rest of your donated dollar is chewed up in overheads, staff salaries, and commissions.

Trinity Families has been run by the Catholic Diocese of Gippsland with diocesan staff providing whatever has to be done as part of their day to day work for the diocese.

We have operated with volunteer committees and every dollar donated to the charitable fund has been paid into its trust account.

Trinity Families has only one part-time employee and pays no commissions to fundraisers, unlike those organisations which frequently come to your shopping centres selling trinkets and raffle tickets in the guise of charity.

We recommend you only ever donate to organisations with Deductible Gift Recipient status issued by the Australian Tax Office but even then you need to consider if any of your money will ever come back to support our region.

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