2022 Project of Mercy Grant Recipient Courtney D’Mello

L to R: Jennifer Oaten, Principal, Courtney D'Mello and Gemma Varone, OGA President

The Old Girl Association’s Project of Mercy grant has continued into its second year. This award enables a past student to undertake a planned project of their choosing, with the primary focus of helping others within the Western Australian community. 

Congratulations to Courtney D’Mello (2008), one of the 2022 Project of Mercy grant recipients for the Grief and Bereavement Support Group at the Motor Neurone Disease Association of Western Australia.

Courtney talks to us about how the grant will be utilised: 

Motor Neurone Disease (MND) is a progressive neurological condition that attacks a person’s nerves or motor neurones. This disease is diagnosed in people of all ages, both men and women, and currently, there is no cure or effective treatment. The MND Association of WA (MNDAWA) provides holistic medical, physical, and emotional care and support services for people impacted by MND. We also support the carers and families while they support their loved ones living with MND and through the bereavement process.

At MNDAWA, one of the services offered is a Grief and Bereavement Support Group. This group is facilitated by a specialised and experienced counsellor who helps guide families impacted by MND to understand their grieving process, manage their unique grief, and find their strength. The Project of Mercy grant has funded this program for six months, providing invaluable support to many of our families going through this difficult journey.

It is estimated that for every life lost to MND, 14 people will live with the effects of MND forever. While MND progresses differently in everyone, it is an understandably difficult experience for those who have witnessed their loved one face these challenges. By facilitating our Grief and Bereavement Support Group, we can make a difference in the lives of those left behind and be a part of their healing process.

Thank you to the OGA and Santa Maria College for your generous contribution to our organisation and for joining us in making a difference in our community. As we say- until there is a cure, there is care.

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