An OAM for Sister Jane Gorey

Sr. Jane Gorey  was honoured with a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM)  in the 2016 Australia Day Honours List.

Jane has been a resident carer at the Ryder-Cheshire Victorian Homes in Ivanhoe since 1995.  In the early days, there were three resident carers, one for each of the homes within the Ivanhoe complex.  They were all members of religious orders and “loaned” to Ryder-Cheshire to work in the homes, pro bono.  Through attrition Jane Gorey eventually became the sole resident carer of the 95 bed Victorian Homes.

Sr. Jane Gorey
Sr. Jane Gorey

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Vale Two of our Oldest Supporters

Shortly before Christmas 2015, we were deeply saddened to learn of the deaths of two of our oldest, long- time supporters – George Smith and Kath Myers.  Both were in their nineties.

George Marching on ANZAC DAY Photo Courtesy The friends of the Odd Bods
George Marching on ANZAC DAY
    Courtesy of The friends of the Odd Bods

On 17th December George Smith passed away peacefully after a short illness.  George was a Flying Officer in WWII, and in 1946 he founded the Odd Bods UK Association.  Many Australian airmen had served in the UK in Royal Air Force squadrons and so were not aligned with any RAAF squadron.  For the past 70 years, the Odd Bods UK Association has served as a group providing support and companionship for these wartime heroes.  Their motto was “Pressing On…. Remembering”.  George was a former President and the Association’s Secretary for more than 20 years. Continue reading Vale Two of our Oldest Supporters

Cerebral Palsy Awareness – Klibur Domin Crowdfunding

  

Sr Joaquim Soares displaying CP Materials
Sr Joaquin Soares with the new CP Educational Resources

This project was launched at the 2014 Ryder-Cheshire National Biennial Conference in Sydney. It was a trial project designed to raise $1000 to print educational materials for the Klibur Domin Outreach Team in Timor-Leste to raise awareness of cerebral palsy (CP) symptoms in children and to inform their families how to seek assistance for medical diagnosis and physical and educational therapy.

The primary purpose of this project was to raise funds using social media rather than traditional fundraising. Continue reading Cerebral Palsy Awareness – Klibur Domin Crowdfunding

Don Sinclair, how can we thank you?

Dr Don Sinclair recently retired as the President of the Ryder-Cheshire Victorian Homes Foundation and as a Board Member of Ryder-Cheshire Australia. Don is a living link to our founders Sue Ryder and Leonard Cheshire and a treasury of knowledge and experience in all aspects of the Ryder-Cheshire story. He is an inspiration, mentor, colleague and friend to us all and we are so glad that he is continuing as a member of the committee of the Ryder-Cheshire Victorian Homes and also of Ryder-Cheshire Victoria.

Below is the main text of a letter of appreciation written to Don by Peter Newton, the President of Ryder-Cheshire Australia.  The letter details the wonderful contribution that Don has made to every aspect of the Ryder-Cheshire organisation in Australia as well as Raphael in India and Klibur Domin in Timor-Leste. Continue reading Don Sinclair, how can we thank you?