The Ballarat Civic Hall is gathering stories for historical records. The Ryder-Cheshire Foundation Victoria Ballarat Support Group was asked to add their story to the collection, as it was back in 1964 that its birth took place when Leonard Cheshire visited Ballarat.
The late Group Captain Lord Leonard Cheshire of Woodhall VC, OM, DSO, DFC and the late Baroness Sue Ryder of Warsaw CMG, OBE. set up the Ryder-Cheshire Foundation in 1959.
Leonard Cheshire was Britain’s most highly decorated WW2 airman. He was a British observer at the atomic bomb raid on Nagasaki. His reaction to the war led him to undertake humanitarian work as his contribution to peace.
Sue Ryder served in the Special Operations Executive in WW2 with responsibilities in Poland. Witnessing the terrible destruction after the war, she set up homes in Eastern Europe to help and sick, homeless, disabled and destitute people especially those from concentration camps.
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.
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→
Primary schools, secondary schools and universities are wonderful supporters of the Ryder-Cheshire Homes in India, Raphael, and East Timor, Klibur Domin. Some of our Australian schools and universities have given dedicated support for thirty or forty years, and others have been inspired to come on board more recently. Many of these Australian schools and universities have provided generous donations of money, books, computers and other forms of material support to the communities at Raphael and Klibur Domin. Continue reading Schools and Universities Support Ryder-Cheshire Home→