High Tea Appeal


Holding a High Tea is a great, fun and easy way for you to support the women and children who are escaping family violence and who rely on McAuley Community Service for Women for support.

You can hold one at home, your work or with community group. It can be as fancy or as casual as you like, maybe link in a cooking competition for the best contribution!

Click here for some recipes that could get you started.


Host your own McAuley High Tea

Click here to set up your own High Tea fundraising page via Go Fundraise. Once you have your page set up, you can share on social media, email to your friends and colleagues and get them to donate.

If hosting at your work or community group, don’t forget to hang a poster or two to let people know – click here to download the poster which can be printed A4 or A3.

All donations over $2 made via your page are tax deductible and people will receive a receipt when they make the donation.

If you collect cash or cheques on the day of your High Tea, please let us know by emailing fundraising@mcauleycsw.org.au and bank at any NAB branch to the following account:

McAuley Community Services for Women

BSB 083-004

Account number: 147632950

Reference: SURNAME-HT

Why we run the High Tea Appeal


Catherine McAuley was an inspiring, innovative and driven woman who opened the House of Mercy in Dublin in 1827 at the age of 49, using an inheritance she had received to build the three storey house. The House of Mercy was a safe place for women experiencing homelessness and disadvantage to go and receive support, learn new skills to assist them to move out of homelessness.

At the age of 53, Catherine established the Sisters of Mercy; she along with two associates became the first Sisters of the Order. Today the Sisters of Mercy operate across the world in the areas of health, education, aged care and community services. McAuley Community Services for Women, a ministry of the Sisters of Mercy, is continuing Catherine McAuley’s work with women who are homeless, at risk of homelessness or experiencing family violence.

When a woman arrived at the House of Mercy, she was welcomed with a cup of tea and a chat to see what assistance she needed. Today, 190 years later, we are doing the same thing with women who come to our family violence crisis program, McAuley Care, our homelessness service McAuley House and our employment service McAuley Works.

A cuppa, a chat and setting a plan for the future.

Every cup has a story, host your own High Tea and have a conversation.


Register your 2017 high tea today and support women and children fleeing family violence