For 10 years now the Cabramatta Parish has been actively supporting the Monasteries in the far south of NSW.
These are the Presentation Sisterhood (PS) and Holy Transfiguration Monastery (HTM).
2016 was a record year where 220 people attended to listen to Abbott Sergei from the HTM give a talk on ‘Monasticism: The Australian Dreamtime’ and where $25,000 raised for the Monasteries.
In 2017 there will be two major fundraising initiatives to benefit the Monasteries: a fundraising dinner on Sunday 28 May and a large (200:200) raffle.
A fundraising dinner will be held at 5.00pm Sunday 28 May 2017 (6 weeks after Easter). This will be in the Church Hall / Fontana Amorosa Function Centre of the Greek Church of Saints Raphael, Nicholas and Irene in Forbes Street Liverpool. The Cabramatta Church Hall is no longer big enough, as was witnessed by all those who attended in June 2016.
During the evening there will be three Acts:
Act 1: a performance of sacred music in Greek from the Melisma Ensemble directed by Dimitri Koubaroulis
Act 2: a talk / powerpoint presentation from Abbot Sergei (from the HTM) on
“Hagia Sophia: The Mother of Churches”
Act 3: a performance of sacred music in Old Church Slavonic from the Russian Orthodox Choir directed by Andrei Laptev
There will be a raffle where ticket prices will be:
- $5 each,
- 5 for $20,
- 15 for $50
- 40 for $100
An auction of highly desirable items will create proceeds for the Monasteries. The Church car park is relatively small and there is on street parking available nearby.
Starting at 4.30pm on the day, the Nuns from the Presentation Sisterhood will be selling handiworks, jams, chocolates, hand made soaps etc. and the Monks from the HTM will be selling ceramic works, candles, books and other items from their kiosk.
There will be a Lucky Dip where, for $20, every ticket wins a prize.
Entry will be $50 per adult and $15 for a child in the crèche located in St Raphael’s School (next to the function venue). Seating is at round tables of 12 where a mini buffet will be placed onto each table: therefore, no need to queue up.
The start time is listed as 5.00 pm and we will have prayer for meal at 5.45pm. The early start is designed so that the function can finish earlier and people can get home at a reasonable hour.
A poster can be viewed here.
A plan of the room layout at Fontana Amorosa can be viewed here.
As of 17 April 2017:
28 tables have been booked, which represents and attendance of:
384 and there are still
6 vacant tables (of 12) available to be booked
A 200:200 raffle will be drawn at the fundraising dinner in Liverpool on Sunday 28 May 2017. Tickets are $200 each and only 200 will be sold. Tickets will be released to various Orthodox communities (Russian, Serbian, Greek, Antiochian) in Sydney and Russian Orthodox communities in Melbourne, Geelong, Canberra and Brisbane (including Gold Coast). The cash prizes in this raffle are:
Tickets go on sale in November 2016 and will be distributed to key contacts in the Orthodox communities mentioned above. Once the last ticket is sold, the Presentation Sisterhood gets a guaranteed $10,000 for their construction fund and the HTM gets a guaranteed $10,000.
Click here to see the poster.
Payment for the raffle tickets can be cash, bank transfer or credit card *.
Bank details are:
- BSB: 803205
- Account Number: 20336450
- Account Name: Mark Ganin
- Reference: Surname & Initials
(*) to cover PayPal fees, the credit card price is $205 per ticket. Payment can be made over the phone.
Feel free to contact Mark Ganin on 0409 178 536 or firstname.lastname@example.org to express your interest in attending the fundraising dinner on Sunday 28 May 17 and/or purchasing a $200 raffle ticket.
As of 1 April 2017:
59 ticket have been sold, and there are
141 tickets available for sale.