Helen Chuawiwat, a retired journalist and novelist, was our very first donor. Helen heard about Mary’s House through her church, Christ Church Lavender Bay. Pastor Patrick Collins knew she was writing her second book, Finding Felicity under her maiden name, Helen Briton Wheeler – which has domestic violence at its heart – and thought Helen would like to meet with Mary’s House chairperson, Liz Mackinlay.
Over coffee, Liz confided that the initial committee were just starting to worry about where the money would come from to make Mary’s House happen. Straightaway, Helen said, “Can I give you a donation?”
We are excited to confirm details of this year’s Mary’s House Walk on Sunday 14 October 2018. As many of you are aware, our walks in the past few years to raise awareness and much needed funds for Mary’s House Refuge have been very successful and we know this year will be even more so.
Thank you for your continued interest and support. We would love to see as many of you as possible again this year, and please feel free to forward this invitation to friends and likeminded others who may be interested in participating. And please note this is not a women’s only event ... families and dogs are all welcome !
The details of this year’s event are :
On a drizzly Wednesday in June, 128 players from 18 different clubs, headed out onto the Roseville course for a very enjoyable charity golf day. The golfers all enjoyed the famous Roseville scones for morning tea, with a fabulous lunch selection from the new bistro menu.
In addition to great company, some soggy but enjoyable golf and excellent food, the golfers raised a whopping $4600 for Mary's House.
Congratulations to the Nett Winners: Angela Gibson, Jane Slack, Carolyn Boorman and Anne Allsopp. Scratch winners were Karen Romer, Pamela McDonald, Pamela Mann and Kelly Quigley from Castle Hill.
Many thanks to Roseville Golf Club for hosting such a fabulous day to support Mary's House and especially to Wendy Butler and Ruth Diddams for coordinating the day.
Roger Williams, our founding Chairman and current Board member has been awarded the Paul Harris Fellowship from Rotary, Chatswood Sunrise.
The Paul Harris Fellowship is one of the highest honours bestowed by Rotary. It is awarded in recognition of "Service above Self"
Chatswood Sunrise Rotary awarded this to Roger in recognition of his work establishing Mary's House.
It is a rare honour for a non Rotarian to be awarded such a fellowship.
We congratulate Roger on this great achievement and thank Rotary, who have been great supporters of Mary's House from inception.
Maggy Farago, our Executive Officer and Janine Loader, Board member are seen here with Roger after the presentation.
The Sydney Morning Herald this week explains the massive spike in family violence on state of origin night according to a new research paper to be released from the Centre for Alcohol Policy Research at Latrobe University.
Statistics indicate an almost 40% increase in domestic assaults on state of origin night compared to other Wednesdays.
Much of this is attributed to alcohol consumption.
If you need help in relation to domestic violence, please call the NSW DV line:
1800 656 463
One of the questions I am asked most often is what is the process that women and families go through when they come to Mary's House? Other than providing shelter and food, what does Mary's House do for these families?
Obviously, each situation is different but let me give you some idea of the types of things that our professional staff do to help women seeking refuge in Mary's House.
When Mary's House was still just an idea in a few people's minds, Rob Caslick from Two Good was already on board offering support. Rob used his past connections as an engineer to link the Mary's House Steering Committee with all sorts of architects and builders who ultimately helped Mary's House become a reality.
As soon as Mary's House opened its doors, Rob was there again, in his capacity as co-founder of Two Good providing fresh salads and soups to the women each week. Two Good uses the "buy one give one" model. For every meal bought buy a customer, Two Good donate one to a refuge. This concept has been extended to christmas gift packs and beautiful toiletry packs. You can participate in their latest campaign with Vogue and Jac+ Jack, where for each Jac+ Jack outfit you purchase a second one goes to Mary’s House (use coupon code MARY when purchasing). See the campaign here Jac+Jack
Over the past year Two Good has started a charitable foundation, called the Two Good Foundation. They run EquiTABLE dinners to provide a memorable good food evening to those who would otherwise not be able to enjoy such a night. Again it is based on the "buy one give one" model. It has proved to be so successful that it was even written up in the SMH Good Food section: Two Good
Two Good are a valued member of our extended family.
This quarter, we welcome Adjunct Professor Janine Loader to our Board. Janine is the Chief Executive Officer of the Mater Private Hospital on Sydney's North Shore and she brings a wealth of experience, enthusiasm and wisdom to our Board. The Mater Private Hospital, a facility of St Vincent's Health, are a special partner to Mary's House, providing a major funding grant to cover our ongoing operational costs and we're grateful for Janine, the Mater and St Vincent's Health commitment to ending violence against women. At a recent NSWBA Board meeting, I was also confirmed as Chair of the Board for the next 18 months and I continue to be profoundly grateful for the commitment and work of all of the members of the NSWBA Board.
In recognition of the contribution of Emma Rossi and the Rossi family to the creation and establishment of Mary's House, one of the rooms in the house has been designated "The Rossi Room".
The plaque was unveiled by Maggy Farago on 8 May, 2018 with Emma in attendance and to cheers from the residents
The Board sincerely thank Emma for her dedication over the past three years to Mary's House.