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Mary’s House Walk 2022 – Event Details

EVENT INFORMATION FOR SUNDAY 30th OCTOBER

With only a few days to go until the 2022 Mary’s House Walk, now is a good time to share some key information about the walk and details of the activities we have planned for the day.  

The Starting Line

8:15 – 9:00am: Registrations open at Milson Park, Kirribilli. Here you will be provided with your Mary’s House walking cap and drink bottle. Croissants have been donated by I LOVE BUTTER for the first 100 people to arrive.

9:00am: Welcome Speeches will commence.

9:15am: Warm-up by Mel Thomas from KYUP.

Mel is a frontline domestic violence prevention expert who speaks openly and candidly about the complex social issues surrounding family violence from first-hand experience.

In 2013, Mel won a scholarship with the Layne Beachley Foundation to establish Australia’s Premier domestic violence prevention education charity, the KYUP! Project (pronounced KEY-UP! named after a martial arts power shout).

9:45am: The Walk commences in 5-minute groupings. You will be allocated with a group start at registration.

12:30pm: When you have completed the walk back at Milson Park, we welcome everyone to continue up the hill towards The Kirribilli Centre and join us for a casual lunch. Access to The Kirribilli Centre will be from Bligh Street, Kirribilli.

Wet Weather

While the weather is looking good for Sunday, we still need to be prepared that this may change. If there is light or slight drizzle for the walk, we will still be going ahead with it. In the event that the weather poses a risk to our participants, the event will be cancelled. We will be making a decision by 5pm Saturday if this occurs and posting it on our socials and website.

Parking

Parking can be challenging in Kirribilli and we encourage people to use the local public transport options i.e. train, ferry or bus. There are some spots around Milson Park that are not subject to restrictions on a Sunday.

Lunch

We welcome everyone to join us for lunch at The Kirribilli Centre from 12:30. We have pizza from the Pizza Boys and drinks available. We would love to see as many children come as well and we have entertainment for the children as well as treats. Bring your families along to celebrate your achievement!. Kindly access The Kirribilli Centre from Bligh Street.

Raffle

We will be selling raffle tickets on the day for $10 each. The prizes include:

  • RM Williams 90th Anniversary Craftsman Boot, valued at $649.00.
  • Vittoria Coffee hamper
  • Sunset Cruise and 3 course dinner for 2 on Sydney Harbour valued at $250.00
  • Australian wine
Dogs

We welcome your furry friends to come along on the walk with us. Unfortunately dogs are not permitted on the grounds of The Kirribilli Centre. You may be able to tie them outside the Centre, if this was an option for you.

Fundraising

We are well on our way of achieving a great fundraising effort for Mary’s House Services. We received over 300 referrals last year and all money raised will enable us to extend our reach to more women and children impacted by domestic violence. Thank you for all your efforts so far, keep it going!

Have fun

Most importantly, this is a time to have fun! Get your community onboard, meet new people and pound those pavements in preparation.

The Map

All participants will be provided with specific details of the walking route around the Lower North Shore on the day, below if an indication of the area we cover.

Thank you

We are looking forward to seeing everyone on Sunday 30 October. Thank you again for supporting Mary’s House Services and the families we support escaping domestic violence, we truly are so grateful.

Know that you are keeping fit while walking against domestic violence.

Thanks to our sponsors of this year’s Mary’s House Walk, SAINT SOMEBODY, Holding Redlich and the Mater Hospital, North Sydney. We would also like to thank all the volunteers who will be assisting with the day, this event could not be possible without them.

We thank those businesses who have donated items for the walk Vittoria Coffee, R.M. Williams and I Love Butter.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at jacquiem@maryshouse.org.au.

Warmest regards

Mary’s House Services Team x

Join us on the Mary’s House Walk 2022 – Sunday 30 October

We are inviting all our community to join us to say “No” to Family and Domestic Violence.

REGISTER NOW for Mary’s House Walk and make a difference to the lives of women and children. We need your support to help domestic violence victim survivors by raising a HUGE $100,000. What can you do?
JOIN US!! On Sunday 30th October we are holding a fundraising walk around the North Shore, followed by pizza, ice-cream, drinks, entertainment for the kids and more. PLEASE Sign up here today. It will be a great family friendly event!
Thanks to our incredible sponsors Holding Redlich SAINT SOMEBODY Mater Hospital Sydney

Mary’s House Walk – Sunday 30 October – SAVE THE DATE!

On Sunday 30th October, we will be pounding the pavement on a 10km walkathon around our beautiful lower north shore, raising awareness and funds for Mary’s House Services. Come join us, or if you can’t, you can register for our virtual walk. More information very soon! For now, please mark your calendar. We will be warming up from 08.30, departing from Milson Park, Kirribilli. Can’t wait!

Mary’s House Donations Wish List – December 2022

CAN YOU HELP?

We are currently in need of the following items for our women and children impacted by domestic abuse and violence and living in Mary’s House refuge. Mary’s House Services is dedicated to providing our clients with quality items. We ask that all donations are in working order with no stains or scratches. To ensure this, we ask for photos of the items prior to accepting, as well as a confirmation from the donor that the items are not faulty. We do not accept bedding or mattresses.

We are reaching out to our wonderful community of supporters to assist with:

PRIORITY ITEMS:

  • Outdoor Table And 2 Chairs for our Outreach Service Centre – Must be new or in mint condition please
  • Fridge (Single Door Only)
  • Washing Machine (Not Older Than 10 Years)
  • Lawn Mower (Small)

ITEMS IN NEED:

  • Children’s Plastic Table
  • A Mud Kitchen And Succulents
  • Blank Canvasses
  • Tall Drying Rack

ALWAYS ACCEPTING:

  • TVs, Washing Machines And Fridges (Dependent On Storage Space)
  • Household Appliances Such As Toasters, Rice Cookers, Kettles
  • Matching Sets Of Crockery And Cutlery (Minimum Of X 4 Of Each)

Please note:

We rarely require baby items.

Please contact corporate@maryshouse.org.au if you can assist.

Note items may either be dropped off at a scheduled time, or with prior arrangement, picked up.

Alternatively, if you would like to donate financially, please get in touch with Jacquie at fcofficer@maryshouse.org.au

T H A N K   Y O U.

TAFE Workshop | How To Recognise And Respond To Domestic Family Violence

This FREE TAFE workshop will be online over two evening sessions – Tuesday 26th July and Tuesday 2nd August.

It is for businesses with forward facing customer services workers such as hairdressers, beauticians, cafes, pharmacies, bottle shops and others. It aims to provide the participants with the knowledge and skills to assist members of their community who may be experiencing or are impacted by domestic violence to seek support.

To book online go to:  Recognise and Respond to Domestic and Family Violence Tickets | TryBooking Australia

Tafe Workshop Flyer - online

Local services for women escaping domestic violence – North Shore Mums’ article

Domestic violence is a very real and prevalent issue facing our society with reported incidents doubling in NSW over the past 10 years. If you’re in a relationship where you are abused physically, sexually or mentally, there are many local services that can help you escape domestic violence.

North Shore Mums list what services are available to women and children impacted by domestic violence and abuse on Sydney’s North Shore, including Mary’s House refuge and Mary’s House Services’ Daisy Centre.

https://www.northshoremums.com.au/local-services-for-women-escaping-domestic-violence/

Emma’s* Journey

Emma’s* story:

Emma came to Mary’s House Services with her son after enduring ongoing domestic violence and abuse from her husband. Mary’s House Services provided Emma and her son the support they needed to escape and rebuild their lives safely.

Emma wanted to share her story and highlight the support she received in the hope that more families can also access this help.

“I can’t imagine how my son and I would have arrived at our lives today without the care, time and expertise of the angels at Mary’s House and the Daisy Centre.

I was referred to Mary’s House a couple of years ago and had been in touch once or twice by phone when I unexpectedly had to flee the house. I was terrified and overwrought with keeping my son safe and away from our abuser. But my son was over 16, and being male complicated where we could go.

I was in so much terror. I was afraid to speak. When I did, I would shake, stutter and cry. Everything felt so strange, almost out of body. I had no idea what to do or how to do it. I had never been in a situation like this before, nor did I know anyone who had either.

I had no idea the people at Mary’s House would be the core of my new village, gently carrying me along in a piece of cotton wool through the process.

The case worker came with me when I had to go to see police, they would accompany my son, they would contact various key people involved in the case, provide direction and advice on how the process worked, helped me with trauma/DV family lawyers, came to court dates, would speak up on my behalf to the police when I couldn’t.

Once the ADVO was in place, case workers would call and check in on us, bring Christmas hampers, help me through the Victim’s Services process, listening to my panic and fear during the Federal Court action taken against me and offer some fantastic psycho educational courses to help in my recovery process.

At the course through The Daisy Centre, I met other women like me with their own stories and I learnt tools for life that have helped me understand what happened and how I can start to move on.

Sitting here writing this today almost three years later, I cannot believe how different mine and my son’s lives are today. I am still recovering from PTSD and anxiety, but I do not live in the daily terror of what felt like living with a shark in a swimming pool.

I often wonder how many tens of thousands of dollars my journey to freedom cost and feel concerned that it is often funding that prevents women like me (and my son) from being able to access life-saving and changing help.

I am so grateful to Mary’s House for having the opportunity to start again.”

*Names and identifying details have been changed to protect the privacy of the individual.

Donation Request | Art Canvasses

CAN YOU HELP WITH ART CANVASSES?

We are currently in need of art canvasses for the women and children impacted by domestic abuse and violence and living in Mary’s House refuge. Art is a wonderful therapy for those trying to heal and move forward with their lives.

We are reaching out to our wonderful community of supporters!

Please contact corporate@maryshouse.org.au if you can assist.

Alternatively, if you would like to donate financially, please get in touch with Jacquie at fcofficer@maryshouse.org.au

A Conversation with Jess Hill – Wednesday 4 May

Join us for a conversation with Jess Hill as she reflects on her research and her perspectives of how healthy relationships can impact children. Jess will also talk about how parents, carers, teachers and the community they live in might be part of preventing coercive control and domestic violence before it starts.