Fundraising for Monasteries

For over 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).

2017 was a record year where 400 people attended to listen to Abbott Sergei from the HTM give a talk on Hagia Sophia: the Mother of Churches. There was also performance by the Melisma Ensemble and Russian Orthodox Choir who helped raise $45,000 for the Monasteries.

In 2018 there will be two major fundraising initiatives to benefit the Monasteries: a fundraising dinner on Sunday 20 May and a large (100:100) raffle.

Fundraising Dinner

A fundraising dinner will be held at 5.00pm Sunday 20 May 2018 (6 weeks after Easter). This will be in the Church Hall of Saints Peter and Paul Cathedral. The Cabramatta Church Hall is no longer big enough, as was witnessed by all those who attended in 2016 and 2017.

During the evening Fr Rade Radan, from the Serbian Diocese, will give a talk on:

“Serpents and Doves”

Matthew 10:16 “Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents and innocent as doves”.

There will be a raffle where ticket prices will be:

  • $2 each
  • 3 for $5
  • 7 for $10
  • 15 for $20
  • 50 for $50

An auction of highly desirable items will create proceeds for the Presentation Sisterhood. 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.

There will a silent auction where people can place bids.

Some of the feature auction items and raffle prizes will be added later.

Entry will be $50 per adult, $40 for pensioners, $40 for teenagers and $15 for a child in the crèche located in Russian School next to the Church hall. Seating is at rectangular tables of 8 and a French themed dinner will be served. On each table there will be a bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon, a bottle of French Chardonnay, a bottle of French Rose’ and water.

The start time is listed as 5.00 pm and we will have prayer for meal at 5.30pm. The early start is designed so that the function can finish earlier and people can get home at a reasonable hour (leave by 9.30pm)

A poster can be viewed here.

A plan of the room layout at Strathfield Cathedral Church Hall can be viewed here.

Bookings Counter

As of 17 May 2018:

21 tables have been booked, which represents an attendance of:

192 and there are

4  vacant tables (of 8) available to be booked. There are about 40 vacant places in the room. Tables that are not booked will be made available as unreserved seating to guests who walk up on the night.

Large Raffle

A 100:100 raffle will be drawn at the fundraising dinner in Strathfield on Sunday 20 May 2018. Tickets are $100 each and only 100 will be sold. Tickets will be sold by Mark Ganin in Sydney with 80 tickets to be sold before the event. A reserve of 20 tickets will be held to sell to guests attending the evening. Interstate people are welcome to purchase $100 raffle tickets and can do so by contacting Mark Ganin on 0409 178 536 or by email to  The cash prizes in this raffle are:

  1. $4,000
  2. $500
  3. $500

Tickets go on sale in March 2018. Once the last ticket is sold, the Presentation Sisterhood gets a guaranteed $5,000 for their construction fund.

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 $102 per ticket. Payment by credit card can be made over the phone.

Feel free to contact Mark Ganin on 0409 178 536 or to express your interest in attending the fundraising dinner on Sunday 20 May 2018 and/or purchasing a $100 raffle ticket.

Ticket Counter

As of 17 May 2018:

77       tickets have been sold, and there are

23     tickets available for sale.