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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?”

Helen’s generosity gave Liz an immediate lift, as it was clear in that moment that the community would have the Mary’s House committee’s back. The generosity of the community would make this important service happen.

Mary’s House donors, large and small, corporate and community, are the reason we can do what we do. Our charity does not receive government funding, instead we are supported by the Mater, our major partner, and donations from other businesses, and caring individuals, like Helen.

Helen is still part of the Mary’s House family – she joins the large group of women who volunteer their time each week, fortnight or month in the house or office to keep Mary’s House operating so beautifully. Without our volunteers, we simply couldn’t exist.

A heartfelt thank you to all of our donors this month, including: Bunnings,,Harris Farm, Bourke Street Bakery, Jahnus, Sunrice,Steadfast and Lululemon and countless other donors in cash and kind.

Also, a huge shout out to everyone who has recently held a fundraiser for Mary’s House, including: Michelle Sneddon’s Trivia Night, Movie Night, Roseville Golf Day, Rotary Trivia Night and all our City2Surf fundraisers.

We couldn’t do it without you.

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