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Mary's House and Steadfast team

Women in insurance

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.

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Photo: Roger Williams and Emma Rossi, Mary’s House Board Directors, Trent Zimmerman MP, Moira de Vos, North Sydney Sunrise Rotary Club

White Ribbon Day

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.’

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Bunnings and Yates team at Mary's House

Garden for Mary's House

(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.

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Terry Hills Golf Club donation

Terrey Hills Golf and Country Club Charity Golf Day

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.

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Positively Remarkable People

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

A collection of photographic portraits and stories ... read the full details

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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

Maxine Baudish :

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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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