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?
It 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
I 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
Arriving for the first time in Dehradun after spending a few days amongst the craziness that is Delhi I could not believe the tranquillity of Raphael.
As soon as we entered the iron gates and made our way down the long driveway I felt instantly at home amongst the tall trees and forestry.
After travelling for 5 weeks through South-East Asia it was nice to unpack and have a place for our belongings. Continue reading Kate
When I arrived at Raphael at the beginning of July with my friend Kate, we had just spent 5 days in Delhi and were slowly getting used to the culture shock of India. Raphael was very peaceful and quiet when we arrived as there was still a week of school holidays left and the children from the hostel hadn’t arrived back yet. We were feeling excited and anxious to meet the staff and see the school. We were introduced to the Custodial Group which was very confronting at first as they were all very excited to meet us and approached us speaking hindi and taking us by the hand to show us different projects they were working on. Continue reading Jo