Donations for Seafarers

Sr Mary Leahy has been working day and night recently to help thousands of exhausted seafarers, facing extreme hardship during the COVID-19 pandemic. Currently banned from boarding the ships and providing support and assistance as usual to workers as usual, Sr Mary is creating thousands of care packages for those stuck at sea.

Ryde-Gladvesille, along with 5 other parishes in Sydney are collecting supplies to assist Sr Mary in building the care packages for these seafarers.

As Sr Mary desribes it, “Times are always pretty dire for seafarers, they are mostly driven to work at sea by extreme poverty, but this virus has taken it to a whole new level."

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As one of the 5 parish donation points in Sydney for Sister Mary's initiative, the Parish Office is now accepting donations of the following:

  • Personal hygiene products such as 
    • shampoo
    • body wash
    • toothpaste
    • toothbrushes
    • deodorant
    • razors
  • Small gifts such as
    • knitted beanies
    • chocolates
If you could spare any of these items, and would like to donate them for Sr Mary's Care Packages, you can bring them into the Parish Office, Monday-Friday between 9am and 4pm. 

Donations can also be sent directly to Sr Mary Leahy at

Gate B105 Penrhyn Road
Port Botany NSW 2036

Thank you for your generosity and assistance in this wonderful initiative to assist seafarers around Sydney. If you have any further inquiries, please contact the Parish Office.