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The ABC’s of community engagement

Bruce Hambret, Anne-Marie Allgrove, David Walter, Emma Rossi and Chris Freeland

A is for Attorney

The legal profession has been supportive of Mary’s House since it’s inception, and we were delighted Mary’s House was invited to present to law firm Baker McKenzie for International Women’s Day on March 8.

‘The theme of this year’s IWD is ‘Be bold for change’ and the lawyers were invited to take up the challenge,’ says Mary’s House Board Director, Emma Rossi.

‘I shared the Mary’s House story and took questions from those present. They were eager to hear about how long women could stay (the standard is up to three months) and what happens to the women when they leave Mary’s House (see this story on transitioning from Mary’s House).

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B is for Bowling

‘Dare I say that I was ‘bowled over’ (sorry!) by the friendly reception I received at Mosman Bowling Club in early February,’ says Mary’s House Board Director, Roger Williams.

‘I presented to about 60 mixed bowlers during their afternoon tea (with scones!)

‘Manager, Stephen Lewis presented us with of a certificate and Mary’s House is the club’s supported charity for 2017.

‘I’d also like to note the wonderful support at the North Shore Inter-Church AGM in February. There was a very lively Q&A!’

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Stephen Lewis, Mosman Bowling Club and Roger Williams, Mary’s House

C is for Choir

‘On Sunday March 12, the Cantorian Sydney Male Voice Choir held a concert in St Peter's Church in North Sydney. Proceeds from the sale of CD's went to Mary's House,’ says refuge procurement manager, Sonia McAlpine.

‘Cantorian means "singers" in Welsh and the choir follows in the fine Welsh tradition of male voice choirs.

‘The choir is made up of over 30 rich male voices which sing many familiar, uplifting and moving songs. We really enjoyed the performance,’ Sonia said.

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The Cantorian Sydney Male Choir


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