There is a growing solid body of evidence that modified yoga; taught by specially trained individuals in a therapeutic context, is an amazing tool for healing and empowering people who have experienced trauma. The objective of Trauma Sensitive Yoga is not to dredge up emotions or memories, but instead to help clients have a heightened sense of body awareness, embodiment, choice and empowerment. Together with lululemon our friends at woke yoga sydney are now providing trauma sensitive yoga to the refuge along with the front line workers and volunteers of Mary’s house. A BIG thank you to lululemon for supporting us and giving the gift of yoga.
In February, Lumix Wealth hosted a Literary Lunch at the Northbridge Golf Club. Fiona Sussman, author of Shifting Colours, spoke to a room full of women (and a sole gentleman) about her life and how she came to be a writer. Raffle and lucky door prizes were donated by more members of our family: Two Good, Northbridge Quilters, Chanel and Zjoosh. It was a wonderful day. A big thank you to all involved.
We are very privileged to have many members of the Mary's House family who offer support in a myriad of ways. Here are a few who helped us over the past few months and an upcoming fundraiser to which you are invited.
Bunnings are one of many organisations who offer us ongoing support. Over the Christmas period they donated some much needed storage cupboards for our shed. Our Lady of the Way parish youth group, under the leadership of Michael Paton, then spent a very hot couple of days in January installing the cupboards and cleaning up our shed. Many thanks to Bunnings and the Youth Group.
Maggy has now held the position of Executive Officer for six months. Maggy brings a wealth of experience in Domestic Violence and homelessness having previously run DV and homeless shelters. Maggy has extensive experience in the court system supporting victims of DV and their children.
We asked Maggy what her initial impressions of Mary's House were:
Although my initial impression was that Mary’s House appears operationally very different from any of my previous government-funded services, it took me very little time to embrace the benefits of the Mary’s House model.
Liz Mackinlay, Roger Williams, Richard Harpham and Julie Stewart, the Board members of the North Shore Women's Benevolent Association, want to sincerely thank Emma Rossi who has retired from the Board. Emma is one of our founding Board members. She is a passionate and tireless advocate for the well-being of women and their children experiencing domestic violence.
A big thank you to the many people and organisations who donate to Mary's House each year. We'd like to highlight one such donor. Annie is a year 6 student at St Philip Neri School. The Parents and Friends at St Philip Neri supported Mary's House through their Christmas party. After hearing about what Mary's House does, Annie decided that instead of presents for Christmas she wanted to receive money which she would then donate to us. As requested, all her family gave her money. You can see Annie here presenting the cheque to Maggy Farago, our executive officer and Richard Harpham, one of our board members.
Mary's House does not operate in isolation. We couldn’t provide our families with this safe haven without support from a whole range of people and organisations. We like to think of it as the Mary's House family. One member of this family is Mummies Paying it Forward.
Mummies Paying it Forward is a charity, who collect new and good condition used items for mothers and children in need - "From those who have a lot to give to those who are in need".
Fri. 23 February 2018
12:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Northbridge Golf Club
Lumix Wealth and Mary's House invite you to join us for lunch and conversation with Fiona Sussman, the award winning author of Shifting Colours and The Last Time We Spoke. Shifting Colours is a story of secrets, love and loss.
The Mary’s House Walk 2017 was everything we hoped. The day dawned not too hot, not too cold, no rain in sight and together approximately 150 of us turquoise bandana bearing walkers gathered together in Bradfield Park North Sydney, to get this rather purposeful show on the road.
Much relief for the organising team!
The supporters arrived, the photographer (#FirstLightPhotography) delivered, the energy was vibrant and our favourite French construction team of Buoygues Sydney joined us to show support for our mission, which was of course to raise funds for Mary’s House.
Friday December 1st 6pm-9pm Opening reception
Saturday December 2nd 12:30pm-5pm Midafternoon Extension
3 Blackfriars St, Chippendale NSW 2008
Humanity Portraits are holding a special two day event to display how each woman has a story that is unique. Each portrait illustrates individual strength and that together we can create unity.