People give for many reasons: because they believe in a particular cause; because they wish to ‘give back’ to their community; because they want to improve the lives of others less fortunate than themselves.
Essentially to give is an act of the heart. And, 83 year-old Sue Carrick has plenty of ‘heart.’
Sue has been consistently donating to Villa Maria (now Villa Maria Catholic Homes) for almost 40 years. Her connection to Villa Maria goes back to the 1970s, through her local parish Saint Roch’s in Glen Iris.
“I met Sister Donovan, a retired Presentation nun, at my parish in the late ‘70s. At that time, Sister Donovan was raising funds for a new Villa Maria facility in Wantirna for vision-impaired people,” recalls Sue.
“I visited the facility when it opened in 1979 and it was a wonderful place. Of course, it’s expanded so much over the years and now encompasses aged care, disability and community services.”
From that point on, Sue made regular donations to Villa Maria and is now one of our longest-standing and most passionate supporters.
In 2007, the year of Villa Maria’s centenary celebrations, Sue visited St Paul’s College, our specialist school in Kew, with a group of other donors.
“I couldn’t believe the marvellous work the staff were doing with the children and adults there, many with severe physical and mental disabilities,” Sue recalls. “It really touched me and also opened my eyes to the challenges some people have in their lives.”
This experience strengthened Sue’s commitment to Villa Maria and the work the organisation was doing in the community.
Sue has never specified how her donations should be used.
“I believe whatever I give will be used in the best way,” she says. “I’ve also gotten a lot of back from Villa Maria. I’ve made many friends and, one day, if need to go into care, I’d like to go to one of your aged care residences. It will feel like home.”