Category Archives: Supporters

Ballarat Ryder-Cheshire Schools’ Visit

On the Monday 16 April after the 2018 Ryder Cheshire Australia Biennial Conference in Ivanhoe, the Raphael Northern India and Klibur Domin Timor-Leste visitors continued their journey to Ballarat to visit the Ballarat Ryder-Cheshire schools.

As 2019 will be Raphael’s 60th birthday this visit provided a wonderful opportunity to thank each school for their long time commitment ‘for the relief of suffering.’

Each school was presented with a Certificate of Appreciation plus the gift of the Leonard Cheshire Rose which will arrive in late July for planting. The rose will be in full bloom in time for Raphael’s birthday next year.

 

Ballarat Grammar School

The first group visited Ballarat Grammar School and Ballarat Clarendon College. This group was accompanied by Trish Twaits, Ballarat Ryder-Cheshire Secretary, and Dawn Manning, Ballarat Ryder-Cheshire School Liaison Officer. The group included:

Ballarat Clarendon College

Brigadier Anil Sinha, Chief Executive Officer at Raphael and his wife Gouri Sinha, The Hon Rory McEwen, National President of Ryder-Cheshire Australia and his wife Di McEwen, Susie Mackerras, RCA National Project Officer (India) and Overseas Volunteers’ Coordinator.

Damascus College Immersion Students and Teachers

A second group visited Damascus College and Loreto College. This group included:
Sr Joaquim Soares, Managing Director, Klibur Domin
Sra Fabiola dos Santos, General Manager, Klibur Domin
Mike Moignard, President Ryder-Cheshire Foundation Victoria and his wife Kathy Moignard,
Lucy Xavier who is from Ainaro in Timor-Leste and is having a Gap Year at Ballarat Grammar School

The group was accompanied by Dianne McGrath, Ballarat Ryder-Cheshire President and Andy Naus, Ballarat Ryder-Cheshire School Liaison Officer.

Loreto College

Patricia Prendergast, Honorary Life Member and her son Maurice joined the group at Loreto College.

Both groups came together for lunch at the Ballarat

Lunch at the Ballarat Specialist School

Specialist School Café at their FARM. Sam Sheppard, Assistant Principal, hosted the lunch with help from the students from the Specialist School.

After lunch a third group visited Mt Blowhard Primary School, a small rural school north of Ballarat. The students warmly greeted their special guests and proudly conducted a tour of their school which was followed by a whole school assembly and afternoon tea.

Mt Blowhard Primary School

Ballarat put on a wet, windy, cold day, but this did not dampen the enthusiastic welcome the schools gave to their overseas and national visitors. It was a day of great joy hearing about how each school supports RCA for the relief of suffering.

Mt Blowhard Primary School Principal and School Captains

Ballarat Civic Hall Tells a Ryder-Cheshire Story

Original 1964 poster advertising Leonard Cheshire's Public Meeting in the Ballarat Civic Hall
Original 1964 poster advertising Leonard Cheshire’s Public Meeting in the Ballarat Civic Hall

 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.

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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

Schools and Universities Support Ryder-Cheshire Home

DSCN0193 copy-smallPrimary 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