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Two simple garage sales a year have been enough to raise thousands of dollars for a South Sudan mission helping schools and disadvantaged women and children.

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A group of Glenelg parishioners has been running the garage sales with the aim of raising money to send to various charitable groups including Catherine House and Children in Need. For the past three years their focus has been to support the Our Lady of Sacred Heart (OLSH) Sisters who minister in schools and help women and children in Mapuordit in the South Sudanese Diocese of Rumbek.

June Janzso and Anne Parnis, two of the main organisers of the garage sales, said they were very proud of the group’s efforts over the years.

“We have been running these events twice a year for about 10 years or more raising between $800 and $1200 each garage sale,” said Anne, whose house is the venue for the events.

“We are very happy with what we have been able to achieve and are so proud of the efforts of the group.

“It brings us all together and we have fantastic support from Father Anthony Kain (parish priest).

“The generosity of the community is massive and it allows us to keep doing it each year, which we are glad about.”

The two women agreed there was a lot of work that went into organising the garage sales and they receive a lot of donations to assist with the cause.

The OLSH Sisters in South Sudan have a connection with Glenelg parishioner Ron Knolder, through his sister Marilyn who joined the order when she was 17 and was based in Kensington, New South Wales, until she passed away two years ago at the age of 73.

The most recent garage sale raised $1100 which will be used to fund education, improved health services through training and delivery, food distribution to the destitute and providing fresh water in Mapuordit.

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