At Loreto Normanhurst, this is our day to celebrate our strong Loreto and Mary Ward heritage. Loreto Day is also our major social justice event.
Our Year 11 students discern together a cause for the whole school to support. This cause is linked to the work of the IBVM and Mary Ward International (MWI) or Mary Ward International Australia (MWIA), and has a focus on women and children. The weeks preceding Loreto Day are spent raising awareness for the cause.
On Loreto Day, each House is responsible for fundraising by organising and managing different stalls creating a carnival atmosphere in the school. The highlight of the day is the liturgy, followed by time spent at the House stalls and then the Loreto Day Concert.
Loreto Days have helped raise awareness and financial support for the following causes
Providing vulnerable women with safe accommodation, food, clothing, maternal care, psychological help, education, skills and support.
Raising funds and awareness for the Abundant Life Centre, for the Stop Female Genital Mutilation (SFGM) campaign in Kenya
Establishing an operating theatre in the Bahati Hospital for rural Kenyans
Raising awareness and funds to combat human trafficking
Darjeeling Project offering shelter for young women from the slave trade
Providing the tools to build a better future
Building a hostel for schoolgirls in Nepal
Supporting Children in Zambia
Supporting Sudanese refugees in Australia.
The Phujllay Project
Supporting Street Kids in Bolivia.
Supporting children in South Africa affected by poverty and conflict associated with HIV/AIDS.
The Timor LesteAlola Foundation
Providing packs for pregnant women containing the necessities they need to care for themselves in childbirth as well as their newborn babies.
The Fistula Foundation
Helping to provide health and financial support for families and communities in the Wilcannia Forbes Diocese.
House of Welcome
Supporting refugees who have been granted temporary protection Visas and have no family or community links in their transition from detention into the community.
Building & furnishing classrooms in Tanzania, Africa.
Supporting Loreto sisters in a community near Riberalta in Bolivia offering medical supplies, teacher training, school support and food and clothing.
Raising funds for a community centre run by IBVM Sisters in Lima, Peru.