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.
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.’
Sr. Jane Gorey was honoured with a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in the 2016 Australia Day Honours List.
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.
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→
This project was launched at the 2014 Ryder-Cheshire National Biennial Conference in Sydney. It was a trial project designed to raise $1000 to print educational materials for the Klibur Domin Outreach Team in Timor-Leste to raise awareness of cerebral palsy (CP) symptoms in children and to inform their families how to seek assistance for medical diagnosis and physical and educational therapy.