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A thank you to all who have helped with Mary's House

Liz Mackinlay
Oct 2016

It’s such an amazing feeling to finally be at the day when we can say, Mary’s House is opening this week.  What a journey over the past 19 months since a small group from our community came together to float the idea that we could establish a community funded domestic violence Refuge in North Sydney.  Every fortnight for the past 19 months, our core group of volunteers have met every second Monday night and worked through ideas, issues, opportunities and challenges which has been a wonderful, frustrating and incredibly rewarding journey.

And so today, before we open this week, we’d like to thank all of you who made this journey possible.  There’s a lot of you so bear with me as I chronicle our journey.

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Glenwood Nursing Home raises funds for MarysHouse

Fundraising by Glenwood

Mary’s House would like to applaud and thank the efforts of the staff at Glenwood Nursing Home in Greenwich who managed to raise a fabulous $705.50 from a fundraising morning tea in our honour recently.

Relatives, residents and staff alike rallied together to auction and bid on some beautiful hand made quilts, scarves and soft toys as well as holding a gold-coin morning tea. It was eye opening and quite touching to see the enthusiasm for our Refuge from a nursing home, who had decided that this year they would support a local charity. Lucky us! 

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Mary's House movie event

Movie night

A movie night was run on Friday 21st October at Roseville Theatre to help Mary’s House. The movie was awesome! - “The Girl on the Train”, an adaptation of the best-selling novel by Paula Hawkins.
There was an opportunity to socialise from 7.15pm. The Candy Bar and bar were also open.

We had a full house and raised about $4,000. A big thank you to all those who helped us in our efforts!

Thank you for your support

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Mater Hospital

Mater Hospital and Mary’s House partnership

(Photo: Liz Mackinlay and Carmel Shaw)

The Mater Hospital, a facility of St. Vincent’s Health Australia is pleased to announce an ongoing partnership with Mary’s House, a refuge for women and children in crisis due to domestic violence.

Mission Integration Manager from the Mater Hospital, Carmel Shaw, said the partnership supports the Mater Hospital’s mission and commitment to people who are poor and vulnerable.

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Renovations works are nearing completion

(Photo: Key handover - Jacqueline Leonard, with construction project manager, Fiona Pollack)

Renovations works are nearing completion and we are getting ready for the final tasks associated with this great project.

We have come a long way...

Outside, we have transformed the house, landscaping and enlarging the play area, guttering and plumbing repairs and resolving our accessibility requirements to enable the house to be suitable for all our potential residents.

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Chris Bath

Crowd funding campaign report

Mary’s House has run an innovative crowd funding campaign over June and July 2016.

The campaign was a huge success, garnering more than $107,000 in donations.

The campaign featured a video with former Channel 7 news presenter Chris Bath, who emphasises the need for places of refuge such as Mary’s House.

Crowd funding champion, Louise McCoach, credits the campaign for facilitating community cooperation beyond financial assistance.

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Walk a huge success!

The inaugural Mary’s House Walk on Sunday April 17 was a huge success!

More than a hundred women (donning beautiful MH turquoise bandanas!) walked from North Sydney’s Bradfield Park, across the Sydney Harbor Bridge and through the eastern suburbs to glorious Watsons Bay.

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