Day at the Bay returns with a big turn out
The Day at the Bay – the major fundraiser for St Merkorious Charity – has returned after an enforced COVID hiatus, bigger and better than ever.
Hundreds turned out at Leichardt for the event which included a run and a walk, fun activities including a climbing wall, plus a free barbecue. The charity, which provides meals to the homeless, disabled, elderly and families struggling to feed their children, has grown exponentially and now prepares more than 4000 per week to the inner west community.
The PAYCE Foundation has been a long-term supporter of St Merkorious which is now supplying hampers to children who don’t have a proper breakfast. Founder Paula Nicolas said with the rising cost of living more people are struggling to put food on the table. She said the fundraiser was critical to funding the increasing demand for services.
“It is so exciting to be able to have the Day at the Bay after two years; we have great weather and it is wonderful to see so many people enjoying themselves,” Paul said. “We are seeing so many families who are in real need of assistance and we helping as many as we can with food and also clothing.”
The PAYCE Foundation donated a record $100,000 to the charity.
PAYCE Foundation Director Dominic Sullivan said: “We are so pleased to support Day at the Bay and the St Merkorious Charity which is assisting vulnerable people.” “They are easing the burden for many families and people are going hungry – that is vital work.”