You can make a difference
this Christmas!

Here are four ways you can help Marymead give vulnerable children, young people and families the Christmas they deserve.
  • Donate

    a Single
    or Regular

  • Gift

    a present for
    a child or
    young person

  • Purchase

    a gift card or
    gift voucher

  • Organise

    a giving tree with
    friends & family or
    at your workplace

Donation over gift this year?

Help fund 640 FREE counselling sessions for children and young people

Every child deserves to be smiling, that's why this Christmas we need your help to raise $50,000 to fund 640 counselling sessions.

With droughts, bushfires and now COVID-19, 2020 has been a tough year. We have seen a significant increase in the demand in mental health support for children & young people experiencing, or at risk of experiencing, mental illness.

Demand is so high that we currently have over an 18 month waitlist for New Horizons, our free mental health counselling program for children and young people (0-18 years old). That means that right now, there are children and young people needing help who have to wait. We don’t think that’s ok, and we know you don’t either.

This Christmas our target is $50,000 which would give our children and young people access to 640 additional counselling sessions and have a significant impact on reducing the waitlist.

  • Purchase a gift for under the tree

    Purchase a new and unwrapped gift for a child, young person or parent/carer. Gifts appropriate for all ages are appreciated.

    Your gift can be dropped in to one of our Marymead offices any time between 9.00am – 5.00pm Monday to Friday.

  • Purchase a gift card or gift voucher

    Purchase a gift voucher to be given to a young person or parent/carer. Gift vouchers could include grocery vouchers, activities or department store vouchers. Gift vouchers can be dropped in to one of our Marymead offices any time between 9.00am – 5.00pm Monday to Friday.

  • Organise a Giving Tree

    Gather your work colleagues or a group of friends and family and organise a Giving Tree. Ask your community to purchase a gift or voucher for a child, young person or parent/carer in need. You can also direct them to our donation option. Giving Tree gifts can be delivered to our Narrabundah office or collected by us upon request. We ask that gifts are delivered on or before 16 December.

    Please send us an email and let us know you will be organising a Giving Tree. We will then send you everything you need to get started!

    Organise a giving tree

More ways to give this Christmas

Your Will, a caring legacy

Your Will

Everyone needs a Will. It is your way of showing how you care – and ensures that your assets are distributed according to your wishes.

When you make your Will, you have the opportunity to enhance the lives of disadvantaged children, young people and families with a legacy through Marymead.

Reviewing your Will

Because of changes to your assets, it’s a good idea to update your Will every few years. We advise that this be done in consultation with a solicitor.

List all of your assets, taking care that you nominate gifts for particular people, if you wish, and allocate a proportion of your assets to each of your loved ones.

Once you’ve done that, give some thought to those who may not have the same bright future as your family and friends.

How do I leave a bequest to Marymead?

There are a number of ways to leave a bequest to Marymead.

You may wish to leave a percentage of your assets, or a lump sum. Remember though, the value of a lump sum will diminish in time, whereas your assets will increase.

If you have already made a bequest to Marymead, are considering it, or if you would just like more information please give us a call on 1800 427 920 or send us an email at

We will then place your name on our 'Bequest Register', acknowledging your interest in leaving a bequest to Marymead.

At the same time you are also able to nominate a particular Program within Marymead where you would prefer your bequest be allocated. Alternatively you can leave that decision up to Marymead and we will allocate your bequest to where it's needed most at the time.

Marymead's programs and services include:

  • Accommodation Services
  • Coordination and Support Services
  • Counselling and Education Services
  • Disability Support Services
  • Foster Care
Wording your bequest

To make a bequest, simply insert the following wording (or similar) into your Will. Speak to your solicitor or contact Marymead if you have any further questions.

Bequest clause for Marymead:

I GIVE the sum of $ (or percentage of estate) to the TRUSTEES OF THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH FOR THE ARCHDIOCESE OF CANBERRA AND GOULBURN AS TRUSTEE FOR MARYMEAD ('Marymead') of 255 Goyder Street Narrabundah ACT, to be applied toward the general purposes of Marymead and I DIRECT that the receipt of the Chief Executive Officer or other duly authorised officer of Marymead will be an absolute discharge for my trustee.


Workplace Giving

Small change can equal big Change, with Workplace Giving…

What is Workplace Giving?

While we all might like to help out by volunteering or fundraising, balancing work and family often leaves us with little time to spare. Workplace Giving provides you with an easy and practical way to support Marymead and make a difference to the lives of less fortunate children and families in the local community.

Workplace Giving is a voluntary program where donations are deducted directly from your gross salary each pay period. You also get the benefit of giving pre-tax, making each dollar go further, whilst receiving an immediate tax deduction without the need to keep receipts for tax purposes. This means that the cost for an employee on a 39.5 per cent tax rate, pledging a $10 weekly charitable donation is only $6.05.

Read more about Workplace Giving