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Rotary Tree of Joy

Our Extended Family – Rotary Clubs of Chatswood

Mary’s House is very privileged to have a large community supporting us. In fact we could not deliver the service we provide without this community. We like to think of this as “our extended family”. This quarter we introduce you to a valuable member of this family – the Rotary Clubs of Chatswood (encompassing Chatswood, Chatswood Sunrise, Crows Nest and Roseville Chase).

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Lunch for Lives

On 15 December 2018, over 200 people gathered at the Easts Rugby Club for the “Lunch for Lives”.

Lunch for Lives is the initiative of a group of thirteen friends (Mary-Anne, Lucia, Daisy, Olivia, Georgie, Lizzie, Bailey, Louise, Lizzie, Claudia, Gemma, Harriet and Kate) who wanted to give back to society and decided to host a lunch to raise funds for Mary’s House.

And what an amazing lunch it was – speakers included Emma Rossi (one of the founders of Mary’s House) and  Kara Dempsey, who generously shared her story. Lunch was enjoyed by all and with raffle sales and silent auctions over $13,000 was raised for Mary’s House.

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Winners of our raffle

We have a winner

Congratulations to the winners of our raffle:

First Prize - A holiday for 2 adults with Captain Cook Fiji cruises for four nights in the Northern Yasawa Islands of Fiji and return airfares from Mary Rossi Travel – Xenia Federico

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Community Support

We are always very grateful for the amazing support we receive from our community. In the past quarter a number of organisations have hosted events supporting Mary’s House.

Pink Elite – hosted a high tea with Mayor Gayle Giles-Gidney in attendance. Guests were treated to a performance by Winnie Han, an opera singer with the voice of an angel.

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Mary's House High Tea


Invitation to High Tea

Thursday 6th December

in support of 16 Days of Activism

to end gender-based violence

in the world of work.

See full details of invitation

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Helen Chuawiwat

Our very first donor is still contributing today

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?”

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Mary's House Walk

Families walking for Mary’s House Families

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 :

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Trivia Night

Trivia Night

25 August


Please join the Rotary Clubs of the Chatswood area for a trivia night to raise funds for Mary's House on 25 August.

Make up a table or come along and join a table - all welcome.

For bookings and full details click here


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Roseville Golf Day for Mary's House

Roseville Golf Day

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.

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