OLMC High Tea Great Success

 

A High Tea event hosted by Our Lady of Mercy College in Heidelberg (OLMC) in September was a great hit.

More than 340 guests from the school, Mercy and local communities enjoyed the occasion which raised $12,500 for McAuley.

A feature of the event was an eye-catching display of more than 350 pieces of vintage crockery. In 2016 OLMC put a call out for donations of classic cup, saucer and plate sets and were delighted when the donations came pouring in from Past Pupils, Sisters of Mercy, Mercy Health, Mercy Education Ltd, the OLMC community and many others. The cups, saucers and plates took pride of place on beautifully decorated tables. Some were family treasures, others were rescued from dusty cupboards, but they were all put to great use on the day.

The 340 guests who came were delighted with the lavish afternoon tea. Over several weeks staff and parents prepared the food, drinks and venue for the occasion. The culmination of this hectic activity was a truly stunning setting, high quality food and a lovely social afternoon. The College was supported in its efforts by some very generous sponsors, including Mr Paul Schroeder and the team at the East Ivanhoe Food Works. Their contribution of top shelf ‘bubbly’ for the Champagne Bar was exceptional.

OLMC will use the chinaware for future events as well as making them available for hire and continue to raise money to support McAuley's work with women and children.

Guest speaker was Diana Bryant AO, Chief Justice of the Family Court, who reflected on changes to the court since its establishment in 1975.

OLMC’s contribution to our services didn’t ended with the High Tea, as proceeds from its week-long Writers Festival has also raise a further $1,000. As well, year 10 Citizen and Enterprise students were involved in creating their own businesses, with the profits going to McAuley, and this has led to a further donation of $655.