In 2005 we established the Irish Famine Memorial Prize in the Department of Modern History, Macquarie University, where for many years Dr Trevor McClaughlin taught and conducted his research on the Famine Orphan Immigrant women. It was through his initiative that the first outreach programme, in the form of this prize, was set up. It is awarded to a student whose honours work is on an Irish or Irish Australian topic or on a global problem in the modern world which could include famine, poverty, mass emigration, refugees or political upheaval.
Subsequently, GIFCC established two Irish Memorial Funds [Mamre and University of Western Sydney] to commemorate the orphan girls who were refugees from the Great Irish Famine. The funds are directed to two outreach programmes which support women affected by famine and political pressures which caused them to flee their own countries. The public are invited to support these programmes by making a tax-deductible donation to the Funds thus ensuring that the programmes will continue to grow and expand into the future.