Photo: Bev from Shared with Dignity
During the festive season it’s timely for us to reflect on what has been achieved.
Thinking about the last 12 months with Mary’s House, and considering where we are now – with commitment and hard work, miracles can be made to happen!
Wishing everyone all the love, peace and joy of Christmas.
And special thanks to the following for their recent donations:
It was one of those glorious evenings in Sydney, with a gentle breeze, a setting sun over the Opera House, and 300 young Korean Australians ready to meet and be merry at the Museum of Contemporary Art.
The Korean Australian Young Professionals’ Cocktails for Charity annual event was launched in 2012, and Mary’s House was the 2016 beneficiary.
Photo: Michael Gill, Emma Rossi, the Steadfast Team
In April 2016, the Board of Steadfast Foundation resolved to provide significant financial support to Mary’s House for the next three years, becoming the first significant corporate donor to do so.
But the support did not finish there. Steadfast Foundation is part of the Steadfast Group, which has a history of supporting many aspects of the insurance industry including Women in Insurance.
Photo: Roger Williams and Emma Rossi, Mary’s House Board Directors, Trent Zimmerman MP, Moira de Vos, North Sydney Sunrise Rotary Club
Federal Member for North Sydney, Trent Zimmerman MP, has been a big supporter of Mary’s House and delivered a speech during White Ribbon events in Federal Parliament at the end of November, 2016. An excerpt from his speech is below.
As the immediate past president of the North Sydney Sunrise Rotary Club, Trent also brought a fundraising proposal to the club, financial assistance which was matched by the Rotary Foundation.
‘It is the largest donation that our club has made this year,’ said Rotary Club of North Sydney Sunrise, President Dr Iain Clark. ‘We consider it a most worthy cause.’
(Photo: The Bunnings and Yates team preparing the Mary’s House garden)
It was a glorious day during the first week of November and the team of nearly a dozen people from Bunnings and Yates descended on Mary’s House with trees, flowers, vegetables, soil, mulch and garden furniture.
Everything that slows us down and forces patience, everything that sets us back into the slow circles of nature, is a help. Gardening is an instrument of grace. May Sarton
The companies were keen to get their hands dirty in a community oriented garden. Bunning’s Chatswood and Artarmon activities organizers Joe Micali, Patti Davis and Megan Elliott from Yates had previously checked out the site and coordinated to have all the volunteers, plants and materials ready.
On October 7 Sydney’s Terrey Hills Golf and Country Club (THGCC) held its inaugural charity event and Mary’s House was very fortunate to be selected as a beneficiary.
The day consisted of a golf competition followed by a gala dinner. The guest of honour was Steve Williams, certainly the most significant caddy in world golf because of his lengthy stints working with Tiger Woods and Alan Scott, among others. Steve flew from his home in Auckland, New Zealand for the event and participated in an engrossing question and answer session with the evening’s M.C., television personality Ray Martin.
You are invited to the launch of 'Positively Remarkable People' Ending Violence against Women.
Friday 25 November
6.45pm - for 7.15pm start
North Sydney Community Centre
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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.
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!
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