Karen

My Raphael Family

Karen COWTONI have been asked to submit an article about my time at Raphael in October/November 2014 but I just don’t know where to start.  My 19 yr old daughter and I spent almost two months at Raphael so you would think I could come up with something.  My fear is not being able to do Raphael justice  in  just one short article. I have thought of every excuse under the sun not to write the article but here I am attempting to write it none the less. Continue reading Karen

Ryder-Cheshire Australia Biennial Conference 15th to 17th April 2016

April this year sees the Ryder-Cheshire fraternity assemble in Ballarat for their Biennial Conference.

The Ryder-Cheshire Foundation Victoria Ballarat Support Group is hosting the Conference. The Ballarat members feel honoured to be undertaking this task and are eagerly looking forward to the fruits of their work.

It is a weekend packed with presentations, workshops, historical movie, guest speakers and the celebration of the work of Ryder-Cheshire ‘for the relief of suffering.’

Delegates are coming from all over Australia and from India, Timor-Leste and New Zealand. Continue reading Ryder-Cheshire Australia Biennial Conference 15th to 17th April 2016

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.

Sr. Jane Gorey
Sr. Jane Gorey

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.

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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