A Round up of Recent News from Ryder-Cheshire Australia

A very important appointment in Timor-Leste!

Earlier this year, Dr Rui Maria de Araujo became the fifth Prime Minister of independent Timor-Leste. Dr Araujo has had a distinguished career as a medical practitioner and administrator and has previously held the positions of Deputy Prime Minister and Health Minister. Until recently, he was the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Klibur Domin (the home which Ryder-Cheshire Australia supports in Timor-Leste) and still serves as a member of the Board. Dr Araujo has contributed very generously of his time and expertise to the support and development of Klibur Domin, and we all wish him great success in his role leading Timor-Leste.

Our new web-site is coming soon.

A new version of the Ryder-Cheshire Australia web-site should be up and running in the next few months. The new version will be at the same web address (www.ryder-cheshire.com) but will be streamlined, more easily up-dated and will incorporate new search functions and links. So please keep an eye out for our new look web-site.

Can promises be kept?

Can Ryder-Cheshire keep its promise that 100% of money donated will reach the home it is intended for? The answer is yes, and the reason is because all the members of our fundraising committees are volunteers. There are no paid collectors, no offices, no company cars and no expense accounts. Activities such as Christmas card sales and film nights raise enough to cover modest outgoings such as professional auditing fees and printing costs. This means that 100% of donations can go to the homes.

Molly was a guide and friend to all.

Version 2Everybody associated with the Ryder-Cheshire Ivanhoe Homes was very sad to hear that Molly the guide dog had passed away. Molly was the faithful guide dog of Leo Jones, and a wonderful companion to Leo and his wife Nola for 15 years.  Over the years Nola, Leo and Molly have given invaluable service as relief carers at the Ivanhoe Homes, and Molly provided special joy and comfort to many residents during very difficult times in their lives. Molly’s life is commemorated by a memorial stone in the garden at the Ivanhoe Homes.

The Ryder-Cheshire Biennial Conference in 2016 is coming up.

The Ballarat Support Group is hard at work preparing to host the biennial conference in their historic city from Friday 15th to Sunday 17th of April 2016. We had a wonderful conference in Sydney in 2014 and we are looking forward to an equally enjoyable and informative experience at Ballarat in 2016. Please put this important date in your diary, and you can find more information via the conference link on this page.