The latest from Trinity Families

$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.

Be the reason someone smiles today

THE annual May appeal is underway in Catholic parishes across the Diocese of Sale.

Parishioners are urged to give generously by responding to this year's theme "Be the reason someone smiles today."

Your financial assistance will ensure that families across the region can access counselling, get support for drug, alcohol and gambling addictions, receive food on the table when times are tough, suicide prevention, parenting programs etc. etc.

Donation envelopes are available in all Catholic churches in the diocese or go to our donations page to made a direct debit donation.

2019 applications now open

APPLICATIONS for funding in 2019 are now open and will close on July 22 which is a month earlier than in past years.

The fillable PDF application form  should be downloaded, and when completed, it should be emailed back to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The earlier closing date has been brought about because of an extremely busy 2019 for the patron Bishop Pat O'Regan and forthcoming retirement of the executive officer.

Successful applicants will be advised early October and the presentations will be at Warragul on October 29.

Record number of applications for 2018

TRINITY Families received a record 26 applications for funding in 2018 and was able to supoport eight charities for a total $108,554.

The applicants sought funding totalling $390,000 which was nearly three times more than available to distribute. It was pleasing that nine of the applicants are seeking funds for the first time as it indicates that more charities operating within our area are becoming aware of the service we can provide.

Cheques were presented to successful charities by patron Bishop Pat O'Regan at a function at Sion House, Warragul, at 11am on November 20.


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.

Like us on Facebook

WE have a Facebook page where we keep our friends up to date with what is going on in Trinity Families and the success of our fundraising efforts.

We would like you to like us on Facebook and become friends so you can be kept up to date.

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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