Category Archives: Disablity Programs

Ballarat Grammar School Raises Funds for Raphael

Bina Day began in 1978 at the Ballarat Grammar Junior School when the school sponsored their first Little White House resident at the Raphael Ryder-Cheshire International Centre in Dehra Dun, Northern India. Her name is Bina and she went on to study nursing. Raphael has been operating for 59 years.

The Assistant Principal, Julian Hopkins said, ‘We now sponsor six children and one adult with disabilities at Raphael.’

‘The school was buzzing with all the students’ excitement for their 2017 Bina Day. They organized the stalls and activities to raise the funds. They set up cake stalls, environment stands, busking and lots of fun games.’ From Ballarat Courier 3rd May 2017

Lots of goodies to chose from.

Brigadier Arun Bhatnagar, CEO Raphael, sent through a message of encouragement to the students. ‘Last year, I and my wife had the pleasure of meeting some students from Ballarat Grammar School, while we were in Ballarat attending the Ryder-Cheshire Biennial Conference. We were moved to see the commitment of the students for reaching out to support our residents at Raphael. This in itself speaks volumes of the ethos of your school and the values you are cultivating in the GenNext. Hats off, indeed!

Even in the rain Bina Day is fun.

‘The magical day is a ‘kids’ zone’ where adults are politely asked to stay away. We generally regard Bina Day as the most exciting and wonderful day of the year, largely because it is the students who make it all happen – with a little assistance from their families and teachers. ‘Bina Day by children- for children.’ From Ballarat Grammar Junior School Newsletter 31st March 2017

Mark Warwick, Head of the Ballarat Grammar Junior School reported, ‘Bina Day once again surpassed all our expectations in terms of young children taking responsibility for their actions, working hard for the benefit of others less fortunate and developing their entrepreneurial skills…Bina Day is truly an amazing and wonderful day. We were very very impressed with the work of the Year Six Committees who undertook to ensure this day was a success. We had some former members of the staff attend the opening which helped incorporate some of the history and values around the meaning of Bina Day.’ From Ballarat Grammar Junior School Newsletter 28th April 2017

Julian Hopkins, Ballarat Grammar School AP, introducing original Bina Day teachers from 1978.

Members of Ballarat Ryder-Cheshire assisted with the opening of the day. A special Bina Day anthem was sung. The new teachers to the school were inducted with a Bina Day First Aid kit consisting of an L-plate, two Panadols and Ferrero Rocher chocolates to assist them survive the day!

Dawn Manning, Ballarat Ryder-Cheshire School Liaison Person, commented that, ‘The energy level of the children for helping others in the cause for the relief of suffering was so special. Their compassion for world wide and local humanitarian causes is just outstanding and so well received.’

Dawn Manning and Julie Brusaschi at Bina Day. Derek Smith was the photographer.

Dawn attended the School Assembly after Bina Day to thank the school for their work and long time dedication and also to present Ryder-Cheshire badges to the students who undertook the research into the history of Bina Day.

Bina Day raised $6800. These funds are used to support their seven Raphael residents and also to give to other worthy humanitarian causes.

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

Great News – Priyo’s award

priyoIt was a great pleasure to receive the news that Mrs Priyo Lal, Head of Special Education at Raphael (the Ryder-Cheshire Home in India) has been honoured with the Rajiv Gandhi Manav Seva Award. This award is in memory of the late Prime Minister of India, Shri Rajiv Gandhi, and honours those who have made an outstanding individual contribution to the wellbeing of children. Priyo was presented with the award at a ceremony on November 14 by the President of India, Mr Pranab Mukherjee. Continue reading Great News – Priyo’s award

Tristan

TMI arrived about two weeks after Jo and Kate, with almost no idea what to expect.  With 36 hours of travel behind me, I crawled into bed and woke up to the sounds of Raphael all around me.

It has been an island of peace and complete tranquillity in an otherwise bustling country.  It took a week for me to begin calling it “home” and to tell each other “I can’t wait to get home” while out and about on weekends. Continue reading Tristan