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100 Year Old Australian Woman Helps Rural Fire Services In An Act Of Kindness

Mercie Whellan

It wasn’t a letter from the Queen that put a smile on Sister Mercie Whellan’s face when she turned 100 yesterday, but rather the ability to help those affected by the fires.

To celebrate her momentous day, Sister Mercie reached out to Former Prime Minister Tony Abbott to facilitate a donation of $100,000 to the Northern Beaches Rural Fire Service.

Philanthropists Marcus and Caroline Blackmore then generously matched the donation with another $100,000. The donation was given to the RFS at a lunch for her 100th birthday this week.

More than 40 years ago, as CEO, Marcus Blackmore introduced a program where the company matched staff charity donations. Though Sister Whellan is no longer a Blackmores employee, Marcus and Caroline Blackmore made the additional donation to the Northern Beaches RFS.

Marcus Blackmore, Sister Mercie Whellan and Ken Hughes from the RFS

With all the sadness and tragedy in the world, this kernel of good news is particularly heart-warming. It’s wonderful to learn that such a big difference has been made to those less fortunate by the generosity of others including the Blackmores and this incredible woman described as “an absolute trailblazer in the natural health industry.”

After receiving the donation, Dr Ken Hughes, Northern Beaches Rural Fire Service Treasurer said, “We’ve never had a donation of this size and we’re so pleased that the money will go directly to helping our volunteer brigades, which includes buying equipment as well as further developing initiatives to help keep our community safe”.

All of this proves, you are never too old to make a difference with an act of kindness.

Sister Mercie, we wish you a specially happy birthday week from all of us here at The Carousel.

How can you help make a difference: Try making a donation to the below

Or you can support the RFS volunteers

If you choose to support the RFS volunteers, you can donate directly to them here:

Any help will be greatly appreciated we’re sure because Australians everywhere are concerned and wanting to support those affected by the fires and those working to control them.

Written by Robyn Foyster

With over 30 years experience as a journalist and TV producer, Robyn Foyster is the owner and publisher of the lifestyle websites, and

Robyn was voted one of the 30 most powerful women in media at the 2015 B&T Women In Media Awards.

Previously, Robyn was the Publisher and Editor of Australia's three biggest flagship magazine brands - The Australian Women's Weekly, Woman's Day and New Idea.

Robyn won Editor of the Year at the 2007 Magazine of the Year Award and under her helm The Australian Women's Weekly won the inaugural 2008 Australian Magazine Award for Australia's best mass market magazine and New Idea won the MPA's coveted Magazine of the Year award.

She can be contacted on [email protected]

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