THE inspirational story of devoted charity worker Moira Kelly captivated staff and students at Mandurah Catholic College.
Ms Kelly addressed years 8 and 9 students detailing a life spent caring for sick and needy children and their families in many impoverished countries, including India, South Africa, Romania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Albania.
The Melbourne mother is best known as the charity worker who in 2006 brought conjoined twins Trishna and Krishna from Bangladesh to Australia for life-saving surgery.
The twins are now two of several children living with Moira; the extended family of 13 includes her two adopted sons from Iraq, Ahmed – who represented Australia at the 2013 Paralympics – and Emmanuel, who is forging a music career.
Ms Kelly has dedicated her life to charity work, with the goal of making the world a better place.
An advocate for refugees and asylum seekers, Ms Kelly is also spearheading the Global Gardens for Peace initiative to sow hope, peace and reconciliation in war or disaster-torn regions of the world.
Mrs Penman was part of the recent concert at Mandurah Performing Arts Centre to celebrate the society’s 25th anniversary.
Choral educator and accompanist Marilyn Phillips spoke at the concert and said the society was to be congratulated for bringing choral music to Mandurah.
She also praised the group’s high standard achieved under musical director Chris Ryland.
To celebrate World Wide Knit in Public Day, Spotlight Mandurah is hosting a knitting party where families are invited to get cosy and explore their creative side.
There will be free educational workshops and learn- to-knit sessions and loads of activities for the kids.
The knitting party is on Saturday, June 11, from 11am to 3pm.