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Great News for Ryder-Cheshire Mt Gambier Home!

‘Our application for a Federal Grant for the second Ryder-Cheshire Mt Gambier Home has been successful. Tony Pasin MP, our local member, announced the Grant on Monday 31st July when he visited the home.

Over the last two months we have been finalising building plans, which we had to have ready regardless, as the terms of receiving a grant require us to commence the project within 90 days. Once tenders are finalised we expect to begin construction before the end of the year and would hope to open the second home by October 2018.

The budget for the new home is $1.2m of which the Federal Grant is $537,000. The balance is being financed by significant donations, our cash reserves and a bank loan. The grant from RCA of $100,000 is greatly appreciated and again I thank the RCA Board for the support of our project. Similarly, the donation of $100,000 from the sale of the Ryder-Cheshire Singleton was a major contribution to our budget. There have also been several smaller but still significant donations.

This second home will make a significant difference to the lives of another five young disabled members of our community. It will also greatly enhance and further the image of Ryder-Cheshire both locally and on the wider front.’

Neville Gilbertson, Chairman Ryder-Cheshire Mt Gambier Home Board

Ryder-Cheshire Mt Gambier second home site plan

Some history pre Friday 31st July 2017 as reported in the Ryder-Cheshire Mt Gambier Home Newsletter, June 2017

When we received the disappointing news that our bid for National Stronger Regions Fund funding had failed the Mt Gambier Home Board was determined that if there was a next time we would put in a better bid.

Member for Barker, Mr Tony Pasin, advised us of a new Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF) that became available in early 2017.

In order to improve our chances, we commissioned architect Stephen Herbert to redraw the concept plan to include some suggested improvements and to get the build costed by an independent cost consultant Mr Chris Sale. This was done so that we would be able to say we were “shovel ready” and we would be able to sign a contract with the Government within 90 days if we were advised that we were successful.

Plan for second Ryder-Cheshire Mt Gambier Home

We submitted an application for BBRF funding in late February.

Last December we approached Council to discuss the possible siting of the home and were advised that we would need to seek a road closure. It is not really a closure but more a rationalisation to match the existing logical boundary. Council graciously agreed to pay all reasonable costs. This follows the Council’s donation of the land now over 10 years ago. This process is time consuming but our surveyor has provided all the information to Council and all approvals are now in place. Now it is a matter for the Lands Title Office to register the change.

To ensure that we are ready to proceed we contracted architect Stephen Herbert to draw up detailed plans and specifications, to seek council approval, and to obtain fixed price quotes for the build. This has the advantage of minimising any financial risk to the Board.

The new plan builds on our experience with the current home and is expected to be even more satisfactory for the residents. Access has been a challenge but we believe we have a workable plan that maximises the garden space.

Discussions with Stephen have continued over the last six months and we believe that we now have a plan that will meet the needs for five new occupants.

We now await the decisions by the Federal government as to whether we have been successful or not.

If we are, then we are almost ready to start!

 

In December 2016 Peter Newton AO stood down as President of RCA after six and a half at the helm. 


Building on strong foundations laid by the previous President Dr Donald Sinclair OAM, Peter’s time in office has been exemplified by improvement in communication, co-operation and shared endeavour between Foundations and Support Groups. Ryder-Cheshire continued to mature from a collection of like minded but separate groups into a cohesive organisation with strong networks and shared aspirations for the overseas and Australian homes.

In 2000 while President of RCF Victoria, Peter wrote a paper entitled ‘The Way Ahead’ which made the case for extending the work of Ryder-Cheshire into Timor-Leste, our close neighbour in dire need of assistance. This move was embraced by the organisation as a pathway to renewal. Our supporter base increased, Raphael benefited accordingly, and from rugged beginnings Klibur Domin (KD) has flourished.

As President of RCA Peter led from the front and nurtured the ideals of our Founders. We thank him for his vision and leadership.

Continue reading In December 2016 Peter Newton AO stood down as President of RCA after six and a half at the helm. 

WELCOME TO OUR NEW NATIONAL PRESIDENT

Following the retirement of Peter Newton, RCA National President for six years, we welcome our newly appointed President, RORY McEWEN, of South Australia.

Rory McEwen

In December 2016 Rory McEwen was appointed President of RyderCheshire Australia for a two year term, succeeding Peter Newton. Rory has volunteered at Klibur Domin and plans to visit Raphael this year. He also plans to visit all our Foundations and Support Groups as time allows.

Rory’s wife Diane has been actively involved with Ryder Cheshire in Mount Gambier since 1972 and Rory is currently president of RCF SA.

After achieving degrees in agriculture and management Rory completed his national service, and began a career with the department of TAFE, ultimately becoming manager of TAFE’s Rural and Horticultural Program in South Australia. Active in local government, in 1997 he was elected to the South Australian Parliament as an Independent and this was the start of a challenging and demanding new career in which he remained for six years. He held a range of portfolios including Agriculture Food and Wine, Forestry, Local Government and State Federal Relations. Continue reading WELCOME TO OUR NEW NATIONAL PRESIDENT

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!Continue reading Ballarat Grammar School Raises Funds for Raphael

Telling My Story – A Life in Nursing

Ondria Cheeseman has always wanted to write a book since her early days.

It was her volunteering experience at Klibur Domin in 2014 that pushed her along her bucket list giving her the much needed motivation to write and realize her dream.

At the age of three, Ondria needed to be hospitalized for heart surgery. She knew then that her calling was to nursing. That was in 1966 and fifty years on Ondria is still nursing.

She trained at the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne. Upon her graduation she worked in Northern Territory, Western Australia, Papua New Guinea in the Duke of York Islands and Bougainville.

Ondria met her husband, Leicester, in Papua New Guinea and went to live in his homeland New Zealand, where they raised their three children.

Returning to Australia they settled in Ballarat, Victoria. Ondria worked in a variety of nursing positions and developed a serious interest in palliative care. This has been her main area of nursing in recent years. Continue reading Telling My Story – A Life in Nursing