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Riverview morning tea

After what seemed like weeks of rain, it was a glorious day for a morning tea on the Lane Cove River, hosted by St Ignatius College Riverview Parents and Friends Association.

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The event was so well supported we had to close off bookings, although there was plenty of room for old buddies and new to catch up and browse the beautiful raffle prizes on the day. A full list of prizes and donors is below.

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We were entertained by Year 8’s Will Austin beautiful voice and keyboard skills. What a talent!

8 Toby with mic and Matt

Year 11 students, Toby Tiffin and Matt McAlpine were our MC’s and kept the day running smoothly.

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Emma Rossi, Roger Williams, Lisa McAdams & Rick D'Amico

The charity morning tea is a P&F event and president, Rick D’Amico welcomed everyone to the school. A big thank you to the P&F executive, school principal, Dr Paul Hine and the facilities team for choosing Mary’s House as the beneficiary of this year’s event.

Emma Rossi, board director of Mary’s House, gave an update on the refuge since opening last November. She shared some of the success stories of transitioning the women so they can re-establish their lives.

The guest speaker was domestic violence survivor, Lisa McAdams who told her story from a senior woman in corporate, to years of abuse and violence. Lisa spoke of how she was reduced to being completely dependent on her partner, the cycle of abuse, and how she left and recovered. The room was transfixed, and inspired by Lisa’s courage. Lisa has returned to the corporate world and advises companies and managers on dealing with victims of family violence.

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Lesley Pugh, Cathy Costello, Vicki Bickersteth & Helen de Mestre

Catherine Evans, Chair of the morning tea committee, was across every detail of the day. Vicki Bickersteth, Cathy Costello, Ange Flannery, Helen de Mestre and Lesley Pugh were supportive sub-committee members and Alexandra Tiffin took these gorgeous photos.

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So many bought food to share, ably coordinated by Mary Gualtieri. Mary also baked a ‘Mary’s House cake’ which was included in the auction. 

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More than a dozen Loreto Kirribilli Year 11 mums, many of whom have or had sons at ‘View, joined in the fun, in the spirit of Mary Ward as ‘seekers of truth and doers of justice.’

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Ange, Fi, Leigh & Jo 

3 Skye Chris Jacqui great

Skye, Chris & Jacqui 

9 Alison Amanda Louise

Alison, Amanda & Louise 

11 Leoni Ann and friend yoga

the Riverview yogis: Rachel, Leonie & Ann 

12 Stephanie Graham Jocelyn Horden Smith Zoe Harpham

Stephanie Graham, Jocelyn Horden-Smith & Zoe Harpham 

01 Margie Cassegrain Karen Ruddy friends 002

 03 Yvonne and Lou Rogers 002

   04 Jane Freeman Felicty Sheehan friend 002

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On behalf of the women and children of Mary’s House, thank you Riverview, and all the parents and friends who supported this event.

Raffle prizes with thanks to the donors:

>     Tahitian black pearl, 9.5 mm set in 18K white gold courtesy of the Costello family

>     Travel gift voucher courtesy of Mary Rossi Travel

>     Flowers of your choice courtesy of Sweet Violets Florist, Lindfield

>     Signed original photograph courtesy of Riverview’s Father Jack McLain SJ

>     ZJOOSH gift pack Jane Leather Clutch Grey, Ivory and Grey Blanket Scarf, Baroque Fresh Water Pearl Strand Long White Wash Rattan Tray Large All products are new season

>     Facial/Body treatments courtesy of Body by Design, Lane Cove

>     Chloe’s Love and Calvin Klein’s Euphoria Perfumes courtesy of Mary Gualtieri

>     Yoga - Namaste at Northbridge and Riverview Boathouse vouchers

>     Hand baked “Mary’s House” cake courtesy of Mary Gualtieri

>     Young man designer t-shirt pack

>     Pancake and party pack

>     Home pamper pack

>     Home relish hamper

>     Basket of beaut books

>     Selection of red wines from Angullong Vinyard, Orange, courtesy of the Crossing Family

>     Bouquet of flowers and a potted orchid courtesy of Spotted Orchid, Burns Bay Road, Lane Cove

>     Intro Fit Assessment and one personal training session, courtesy of Michelle Roseby, Pro Fitness personal training

>     2 bottle sets of Bulgari perfumes. Courtesy of Sonja Hayworth.

>     Hanks jam pack. Courtesy of Bernie and Jane Rorke

>     Bottle of Croser champagne. Courtesy of Dan and Harry Rorke

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